Anti-Bullying Law of 2013: A Joke?

Hooray! For it has been approved. Hooray!! For it means that the “bullies” are doomed. Republic Act 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 defines “ bullying” as a the use of written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture to cause physical or emotional harm by one student to another student. This act “requires all elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies that will prevent and address bullying in the classroom”. Although this act had already been signed to law, I can still see many loopholes or lapses in its scopes, limitations and implementation.

This act aims to do justice and stop discrimination. However, the full implementation of this act is still questionable to me since some schools lack internal control. Speaking of internal control, it is the systematic organization of security within the four walls of the institution. You need evidence to report bullying. Accusing someone of bullying is very hard since sufficient evidence is needed. Can the school promise that they will see everything that is happening around the school? No, because they can’t. When you’re in a situation, how can you judge if one student is bullying the other? Your judgment then depends on what you think.  Your perception of what you’ve seen might be biased because you have mixed it with your own judgment. Remember, what you see is not what you always get.       

I’m pretty sure that the government cannot monitor the implementation and fulfillment of this act and its progress in every school because of the scarce of people to watch over everyone in every corner of the school. Every child needs security as much as the other children. If that’s the case then every student must be watched over by someone, which is impossible. Another thing is that, our government has insufficient funds. Probably because the allocation of the taxes they have collected from the people was used in a bad way.  Also, to state the obvious, I’m going to ask you, if you’re the bully and you know there’s an “Anti-Bullying Act”, would you still bully someone in front of the people? Of course not! You wouldn’t. So, what’s the point of this act if it can’t be properly monitored?

My last point to state is that, why is this act limited to elementary and secondary students ONLY? How about the people that are bullied beyond the age limit? Yes, we know that bullying usually occur in schools, but it occurs in the streets, dark alleys, in our neighborhood and even in social networking sites too. Why does it enclose its scopes on students, particularly elementary and high school? How about us, college students? Are we not also prone to bullying? Now, let’s talk about cyber-bullying, everyone can become a victim of it. By EVERYONE, I meant everyone and not just two groups of people. Bullying is not just a problem among are elementary and high school students, I think that if this law should be implemented, then might as well apply this to all.

We are in the 21st century where people might say anything on facebook or hurt you physically, emotionally, and socially but gets away with it because of our twisted interpretation of press freedom. I just don’t think that the Republic Act 10627 also known as “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” is the answer. If its scopes are changed and if given enough time and resources to implement the act, then maybe, just MAYBE, I could be in favor of it. But as of now, I think it’s a joke. It feels like we skipped preparation process and proceeded immediately to approval. Why don’t we just focus on Anti-Bullying Awareness? Let us be Ambassadors and Ambassadress of love, peace, equality and freedom. Bullying is a serious case; it should be properly taken care of. We don’t need a law; we need to look out for each other. After all, a law will never be an EFFECTIVE law if it lacks proper implementation from the government and lack of response from the people.