Teacher Charged with Child Abuse After Feeding Student with Garbage
Authorities charged a teacher with child abuse after allegedly feeding a student with garbage.
The Supreme Court modified the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA), which found a teacher guilty of child abuse. This came after the teacher was able to stuff garbage into the mouths of her students.
Melany Garin’s petition was denied in a 4-page notice issued on January 22, and she was sentenced to 4 years, 9 months, and 11 days to 6 years, 8 months, and one day in prison. Garin was also ordered to pay the child.
According to the report, a total of P75,000 was awarded, with P20,000 going to moral damages, P20,000 going to exemplary damages, P20,000 going to temperate damages, and P15,000 going to a fine. According to the Court, “from the finality of the resolution until fully paid, all damages awarded shall earn legal interest at the rate of 6% per annum.”
“On this score, petitioner’s act of forcing the victim, AAA, and his classmates to place in their mouths pieces of trash, consisting of scraps of paper, pencil shavings, dirt, and candy wrappers from the classroom’s dustpan, undoubtedly debased, degraded, and demeaned their intrinsic worth and dignity as children,” it said.
According to the Court, the child was lead poisoned and suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The CA stated emphatically that no self-respecting human being would voluntarily place garbage in his or her mouth unless unequivocally coerced to do so.
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