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Another teacher is under harsh criticism after a student’s mother accused the educator of slapping her 5 year old child so hard that his lips cracked open causing him to be unable to each lunch. The alleged incident happened when the 5 year old kindergartner swore at his friend, admittedly saying the words, “You ass!” for stealing his pencil box, in which the teacher allegedly responded by slapping the child.

The mom, 35 year old Waraporn Prathetsena, reported the incident to Bansattahip School, but says the school director responded with veiled threats.

“The director said they don’t want me to go to the police because it would damage the school. Then they mentioned that I have another daughter in Matthayom 2 who goes here, like they were threatening me.”

After the school director allegedly did not allow Waraporn to meet with the teacher, she went to the Sattahip Police Station yesterday to file a police report. Policeman Tanat Sripraman said that he would see if the teacher, known as Kru Tuk, could be summoned for questioning. But Waraporn maintains that the teacher went too far.

“…. even slapping on the hand or legs is fine, but not the lips like this.”

Violence in Thailand’s government schools is not a new occurrence as incidents like this are reported in the news occasionally. In November of 2020, a kindergarten teacher in northern Bangkok was sentenced to 7 months in jail after CCTV footage showed her slapping and abusing students. The incident then led to an uncovering of multiple abuse allegations at other schools that were listed under the same management.

After the abuse allegations went viral, some of the schools were found to have employed uncertified teachers, prompting calls for them to be fired. Bansattahip School is a public school for kindergarteners through Matthayom 3. According to the school’s website, it lists Kanchana Tewasaranyadit as its director.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

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  1. James Pate

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    “incidents like this are reported in the news occasionally”. Are you kidding me? I guess if twice a month is occasionally! Think about how many incidences in schools go unreported; not to even mention that bastard who beat his baby stepdaughter to death recently. This crap has to stop! Now! There is no excuse for this anywhere in the world!

  2. Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Agree James… all nationalities are guilty of such atrocities against children!

  3. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    The simple remedy would be to allow the mothers of the children to confront the teachers that attacked their child, allegedly.
    Let these teachers make their excuses to the mothers, not the police.
    Justice will be served.
    Women are advantaged because they deal with men when they are caught breaking the law.
    They receive lenient treatment because they are women.
    They have a this treatment because they are women.
    Let women deal with these sorts of women.

    • James Pate

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      Disagree. We have laws for this. Women are less likely to complain to a patriarchal police force that stopped admitting female cadets and a judicial system dominated by men- Yes, I’ll give you that. But we don’t need tribal vengence, as I infer from your comment. What we need is a huge shift in thinking by teachers that it is somehow acceptable to slap the shit out of a 5 year old for saying a bad word!

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