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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 11, 2019
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Hysteria scares off students


Even without official cancelation of classes, only a few students of theFr. Gratian Murray Integrated School in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, came yesterday, after at least 10 female students collapsed on Tuesday.

The whole teaching and non-teaching personnel came, but there were only about 20 students, mostly males, who showed up, Ariel Sablaon, head teacher, said.

The school has about 1,700 students from elementary to senior high, and has 57 faculty and staff members, he said.

Today, the school management is still not cancelling classes and teachers are available to hold classes, Sablaon said.

He said parents should not fear about their children going to the school, adding that yesterday, the teachers even cleaned the area where the Grade 8 students reportedly first collapsed.

Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent Cynthia Demavivas said yesterday that teachers of the Fr. Gratian Murray Integrated School have been ordered to conduct classes to students who come to school today, regardless of how few they are.

Demavivas recalled a similar incident she had witnessed in a San Carlos school but things eventually returned to normal when the first student to collapse, and started the “mass hysteria,” was found out to be “problematic”.

“The incident is not uncommon in Negros Occidental, but it is a first in Bacolod. Proper handling of these cases is encouraged,” Demavivas said.

Both the Bacolod City Health Office and the Catholic Church are still determining whether the incidentis related to spiritual matters, or to psychiatric causes.*


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