School buildings burned by 5 high school students in Camarines Sur

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• 5 students started a fire that razed a school library and damaged two classrooms in Camarines Sur
• The students said they did it to avenge one of them who was not allowed to graduate from high school because of failing grades
• The suspects were placed under the custody of the Municipal Social Welfare Office

Five high school students were placed under the custody of the Municipal Social Welfare Office (MWSO) after they started a fire that burned down a public school library and partially damaged two classrooms in Siruma, Camarines Sur last Monday, November 14.

The town’s Fire Prevention Officer Fire Officer 3 Ricky Rebuya confirmed to Bicol Standard that the five students, who were all minors and residents of Barangay Tandoc, were turned over to the MWSO. He said the students admitted they were responsible for the fire. They claimed they did it to avenge one of them who was not allowed to graduate from high school because of failing grades.

One of the students said they initially intended to enter the principal’s office, where the students’ diplomas are being kept, but it was locked, so they proceeded to destroy other buildings. They then started a fire inside the school library.

“It was our initial intention to open the office of Mrs. Teresita Lopez, the school principal,” the student, who admitted they were drinking prior to the commission of the crime, said.

Based on initial investigation, Senior Fire Officer 1 Francia Saavedra said the estimated cost of the damage could reach half a million pesos.

Meanwhile, MSWO personnel said they will refer the five minors to the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office because they have no custodial facility.

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