Fiscal drops case against STC

Posted on September 14, 2012

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The Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office dismissed one of the cases filed against St. Theresa’s College (STC) after one of the complainants backed off.

The complainant earlier filed a child abuse complaint against STC “for unjustly imposing a sanction” after she was barred from joining her classmates in their graduation rites last March 30.

STC lawyer Joan Largo, in a press statement, welcomed the ruling of the prosecutors’ office.

“It sends a clear signal to the different parties involved that it is time to put the issues behind us and derive valuable lessons on the joint obligation of parents and schools to mold a child into responsible and mature citizen,” Largo said.

STC prohibited five of its students from attending their high school grad
Stephen Capillas: prohibited five of its students from attending their high school graduation rites last March 30 as punishment for “serious” violations of the Student Handbook.

The sanctions were imposed after Facebook photos of the students showed them drinking liquor in public, smoking and engaging in “obscene” conduct.

Four of the girls and their parents filed a civil suit in court that issued a temporary restraining order to allow them to join the graduation. The school ignored the temporary restraining order.

Complaints for grave oral defamation in relation to the Anti-Child Abuse Law (Republic Act 7610) and violation of the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 (Republic Act 9995) against STC remain pending before the Cebu City Prosecutors Office.

STC filed criminal charges against the parents and a guardian of the girls for “failing to supervise their minor children.”

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