Education exec condemns killing of NorCot teacher as school division mourns

January 15, 2015 11:04 am 

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 15 — Education officials in North Cotabato Thursday condemned the killing of a public school teacher in front of his pupils in President Roxas, North Cotabato Tuesday.

The entire North Cotabato schools division is also mourning the death of 49-year-old Marato Ampatuan, teacher of Datu Sundungan Elementary School who was shot by two of the four gunmen.

Police Senior Inspector Romy Castanares, President Roxas police chief, said four men riding on separate motorbikes arrived at about 2 p.m. and two of them went straight to Grade 5 room where Ampatuan was teaching.

Without a word, the suspect shot the surprised Ampatuan in the head. A 10-year-old pupil was wounded in the shooting.

“The children were horrified, many of them were traumatized and refused to report to school,” Dr. Omar Obas, schools division superintendent, told DXND Radyo Bida in Filipino.

Obas was hurt by the injury of the pupil saying it was a very traumatic experience for her. Obas said the pupil will undergo operation today.

He added that the provincial government provides medical assistance to the child.

The Department of Education has scheduled debriefing to Ampatuan’s pupils to help them survive the horrific experience at their tender age.

Teachers of Sundungan Elementary School were also traumatized and urged the police to take appropriate action to prevent similar incident in the future.

Police are still determining the motive of the murder.(PNA)

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