CCPO worried over gang violence inside public schools

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LOCAL police in Cebu City believe that youth gangs in public schools are making a comeback after they received reports that another student was mauled by teens inside the Regino Mercado Memorial National High School (RMMNHS) in Barangay Pahina-Central on Thursday night, September 15, 2022.

Fearing that gang violence is on the rise in some public schools in the city, officials of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) are urging their personnel to coordinate with public schools under their jurisdiction to strengthen their security.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, CCPO's deputy director for administration, said he has tasked personnel from the Carbon Police Station to coordinate with officials from RMMNHS to determine who was behind the mauling of one of their students.

According to an investigation report provided by the Carbon Police Station, the student was mauled because of his affiliation with a rival gang based inside the school.

Parilla said members of the rival Bloods and Crips gangs are reportedly involved in the incident, but they have yet to determine which group the mauled student belongs to.

The incident came to the police's attention after the school's security guard caught them in their violent act.

The students involved in the mauling have been identified and are set to be summoned by school officials for an internal probe.

Gang war brewing

Aside from what happened at the RMMNHS, CCPO officials are also investigating other gang-related incidents in some of the city's public schools, including the alleged stabbing of a student at the Mabolo National High School on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Investigators of the Mabolo Police Station said that like what happened at RMMNHS, members of the Crips and Bloods gang were involved in the stabbing that occurred at the Mabolo public school.

Parilla said the stabbing victim, who was a student at the school, was identified as a member of the Crips gang, while those who stabbed him were from the rival group.

Parilla admitted they are worried that more violence could occur now that in-person classes in all public schools have resumed.

He added that in order to ensure security in all public schools, the city's police stations must assign personnel on all campuses, especially at night.

He also ordered police personnel to ensure that students, especially those taking night classes, must be home before the city's 10 p.m. curfew.

Parilla also urged parents to monitor their children regularly. (AYB/JKV)