Teacher Placed on Leave After Being Accused of Slapping Grade 5 Student Who Eventually Died

DepEd Places Teacher Accused of Slapping Grade 5 Student Who Eventually Died on Leave

The grade school teacher accused of slapping a 5th-grade student who eventually died was placed on leave.

Francis Jay Gumikib, a 14-year-old grade 5 student, died after complaining of headaches for several days, allegedly as a result of being slapped by his teacher at Peafrancia Elementary School.

Gumikib was slapped by his Filipino subject teacher for making noise in class on September 20, 2023, according to reports. Witnesses say the teacher grabbed Gumikib’s shirt, pulled his hair, and slapped him.


The student began experiencing terrible headaches and ear pain in the days following the alleged assault, although initially continued to attend school. His relatives brought him to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center for treatment.

Unfortunately, he fell into a coma and, despite medical efforts, did not recover and passed away as a result of his injuries.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has taken immediate action in response to the allegations, and investigations are underway. DepEd spokesperson Asec. Francis Bringas emphasized the seriousness of the allegations.


Hindi muna siya papapasukin because this is a case of child abuse or grave misconduct, Hindi siya papapasukin dahil kailangang ihiwalay siya doon sa lugar kung saan nangyari ‘yung insidente,” Bringas said.

The City Schools Division Office of Antipolo quickly arranged for a substitute teacher to take over the class. This temporary measure ensures that the student’s education continues uninterrupted while the investigation progresses.

Bringas also stated that teachers are strictly forbidden from imposing physical punishment on their students and that such actions are considered inappropriate within the educational system.

The accused teacher has denied slapping the boy, sparking an investigation into the incident. If found guilty of grave misconduct, the accused could face dismissal from her position. However, Bringas clarified that the teacher cannot be placed under preventive suspension until formal charges are filed.

Earlier, a grade 5 student passes away after allegedly slapped by teacher

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