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Class beat­ings spark fury

COPS PROBE CLIPS OF CHIL­DREN AS YOUNG AS THREE BE­ING HIT

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>>Po­lice are weigh­ing as­sault charges against a teacher fired for beat­ing kinder­garten stu­dents at a pri­vate school in Non­thaburi af­ter a video of the in­ci­dents pro­voked out­rage among par­ents and the pub­lic.

A group of par­ents yes­ter­day filed a com­plaint with Chaiyaphre­uk po­lice in Pak Kret district of Non­thaburi, ask­ing them to take ac­tion over the as­saults on the chil­dren, some as young as three.

Pol Col Sathit­porn Bun­yarat­tanaphan, chief of Chaiyaphre­uk sta­tion, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors to ex­pe­dite the case and work with psy­chi­a­trists to ques­tion the chil­dren who were as­saulted. Sources said of­fi­cers ad­min­is­tered drug tests on the teacher and the ini­tial re­sults were neg­a­tive.

Sev­eral videos that have been widely shared on­line show dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions in which a woman is seen as­sault­ing kinder­garten one pupils at the pri­vately run Sarasas Wi­taed Ratchaphru­ek School in Pak Kret.

One video ob­tained from closed-cir­cuit TV in the class­room showed the woman push­ing a girl to the floor and pulling her hair in the pres­ence of teach­ing as­sis­tants who failed to in­ter­vene. The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Wed­nes­day and drew anger from par­ents who saw the video af­ter it was posted on Face­book on Fri­day.

Other videos show other ex­am­ples of mis­treat­ment by the teacher, iden­ti­fied as Or­numa “Khru Jum” Plod­prong, in­clud­ing the use of a broom to beat some chil­dren.

An­gry par­ents went to the school and con­fronted Ms Or­numa on Fri­day. They later filed a com­plaint with po­lice.

Yes­ter­day, school ex­ec­u­tives sent a let­ter to Non­thaburi ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties about what they ac­knowl­edged were in­ap­pro­pri­ate pun­ish­ments used by the teacher against chil­dren on Wed­nes­day.

The school ex­pressed re­gret and said it would take re­spon­si­bil­ity. It has fired the teacher and promised to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against other staff in­volved.

School of­fi­cials have met the par­ents and are pro­vid­ing le­gal as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies tak­ing ac­tion against the ac­cused teacher.

An­other meet­ing has been set for Tues­day to fur­ther dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion.

The mother of one boy who was as­saulted said she was puz­zled as to why her son did not want to go to school and no­ticed her son be­came fright­ened of see­ing his teacher. She later learned what had hap­pened to him af­ter see­ing the video.

Chotipong Harnkha­jorn­suk, 41, an­other par­ent, said his child had also be­come fear­ful of go­ing to school. He ques­tioned why other teach­ing staff who wit­nessed the in­ci­dents did not in­ter­vene. He said he would ask the school to pro­vide more CCTV footage to par­ents.

 ??  ?? HOW NOT TO TEACH: An im­age from a video show­ing a teacher throw­ing a three-yearold stu­dent to the floor in the pres­ence of other staff mem­bers at the pri­vately-run Sarasas Wi­taed Ratchaphru­ek School in Pak Kret district of Non­thaburi on Wed­nes­day.
HOW NOT TO TEACH: An im­age from a video show­ing a teacher throw­ing a three-yearold stu­dent to the floor in the pres­ence of other staff mem­bers at the pri­vately-run Sarasas Wi­taed Ratchaphru­ek School in Pak Kret district of Non­thaburi on Wed­nes­day.

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