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an ateneo mom’s experience on car-related accidents inside the ateneo campus

this was sent by email. we choose to keep her anonymous for privacy. this is a true story.
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Having three boys in Ateneo GS gave me sleepless nights after the tragic incident.  My youngest (Grade 2) son was hit by a private car inside the Ateneo parking ground October of last year.

 

I was out of the country that time and I was informed only the night when I arrived home (about a day after it happened).

 

The driver was able to hit the break on time. According to our Yaya they brought my son to the infirmary and only red marks made by the bumper was seen.

 

As a Mom, I took him to a physician to be sure that there are no internal injuries. Thank God , there was none.

 

I went to Security to check what they had done to prevent it from happening again. I became so frustrated that time because of three reasons

 

1) The driver that hit my 8 year old son entered a no entry zone. This is where students run towards their respective school buses.

 

2) No one asked about my son’s condition after the incident, even if an incident report  was made.

 

3) I informed them about my opinion, that a rope and a light metal stand could not prevent the violators from removing it and carelessly pass where ever they please. And this system was continued and followed as if nothing had happened.

 

The children are only in Grade School. The age right after they stopped drinking from their feeding bottles. Security should be very visible to help and guide the kids,  to protect them in our absence. 

 

All of us are affected by the loss of Amiel one way or the other.

 

I remembered the feeling of pain when it happened to my son last October. I just guess that for Amiel’s family, it is about a thousand times heavier than what I felt.

 

Until now I think about it and pray everyday for Amiel. This time not just another piece of incident report, I hope they do something and act on it soon.

 

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  1. charlie
    March 5, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Isn’t the Ateneo always late when addressing traffic and pedestrian problems? Wasn’t there an accident or near accidents right outside the Ateneo grounds involving Ateneo pedestrians crossing to the other side of Katipunan?

    The Ateneo’s inaction simply confirms the stereotype hurled at them by other universities, all school rivalry aside: they live in a bubble. If they can turn a blind eye to the traffic they cause right outside their fences, what else could they be turning a blind eye to in the rest of the country? What kind of example do they give their students? What kind of thrust drives their brand of education.

    They are intellectuals who refuse to immerse themselves in the many realities that face them. They have repeatedly refused to update their curriculum to become more relevant and competitive in the world as it is NOW.

    I would not send my kids to that school, it’s a waste of my money. They are simply pompous and arrogant and do not deserve the prestige they enjoy. It takes the death of a child to shake them up to this truth.

  2. Mario
    March 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Observation of AGS parking problem

    More than more security guards and traffic education, we need to give student vehicles a dedicated parking space where they do not have to be in constant motion inching from one end of the pick up zone to another.

    These vehicles are tons of moving metal powered by hundred horsepower engines. The line of site of most of these vans and SUVs are way above the height of most children specially when they are moving backwards. No amount of guards can supervise the movement of hundreds of vehicles or watch every child moving through this maze. Amiel’s movement was in fact supervised by an adult which emphasizes the reality and unpredictability of a freak accident.

    These vehicles in wait during pick up time are 3 or 4 lanes deep and only a few feet apart . There is only one “thru” lane that often extends to Katipunan Ave.and everybody that has picked up his kid from the “waiting lane” is getting into it. There is hardly any room for error and yet oftentimes you see tempers of drivers heating up in frustration.

    This sounds like a recipe for accidents.
    We need to put a reasonable amount of space between these tons of moving metal of better yet, keep them still in static parking. These vehicles are in constant motion by inching forward, backing up or getting out from an inner lane which greatly increases probability of something going wrong.

    I would go for, as some has suggested, of opening more parking and making these safely accessible to the students.

    I would rather have my son walk a hundred meters farther but knowing he will not have to get close to a moving vehicle until he is inside his own.

    Let the “drop zone” be a dedicated drop zone where children can get off right at the side walk and not have to cross a car after he gets off his own.

    We have been so comfortable inside and around our cars that it is hardly associated with danger. Fact is, it can be as dangerous as a gun and should be handled with equal care. Only difference is – anybody can get a license to drive.

  3. roy
    March 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I agree with “mario” re his observation on AGS parking. Like him, i would also like my children to walk a hundred meters safely than inch their ways on idling vehicles during pick-up time. The tragic inicdent that claimed the life of Amiel Alcantara should never happen again. Ateneo should immediately take steps in ensuring the safety of pedestrians (especially the grade schoolers) inside the Ateneo campus. I also suggest that they train their security people regarding first aid (in coordination with the QC Red Cross), and how about having an ambulance of their own? Remember, it took a brave lady to bring the wounded Amiel to the New Era University hospital.

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