[Statement] TDC statement on shooting incident in Bulacan school

TDC statement on shooting incident in Bulacan school

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) extends its sincere sympathies to the family of a teacher who was shot dead by a soldier while having class in front of her pupils in Bocauae, Bulacan this morning. The teacher was identified as Melody Esber, 33 years old, teacher at Tambubong Elementary School. The shocking incident killed two people, Teacher Melody and the gunman, a soldier reportedly linked to her who killed himself afterwards. A pupil suffered a gunshot would but is now fortunately in a stable condition.

We are particularly concerned on the children who witnessed such gruesome violence at a very young age in their very classroom- a zone of peace. While we pray for the eternal repose of Melody’s soul, we hope that the innocent children will be guided thru counseling to prevent possible trauma.

Incidents that resulted to killing of teachers are not new. In October, 2012, Teacher Lorna Pulalon of Talisayan Elementary School was killed while protecting her pupils during a stabbing incident in the said school in Zamboanga City, she was only 22 years old. Another teacher, Loida Pagatpat, 51 years old was shot dead inside her classroom in Antipolo Elementary School in Palanas, Masbate. While two teachers were killed in a shooting spree involving a police officer who was collecting payments for debts in Pangasinan High School in September 2014.

Thus, we call on the Department of Education (DepEd) and the respective LGUs to tighten the security in schools, especially in urban areas to ensure the safety of children and school personnel.

Benjo Basas, TDC Chair

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