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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

SOURCE: Prachatai

 

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    Steve S.

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    It’s time for the gov to just declare the country is communist and come out of closet.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    What are there being educated for.
    Their destiny is fishing, farming, and picking up cans.
    However if they learned languages they could beg from many of the world tourists, if they are ever allowed to vacation in Phuket, which seems unlikely . . .

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    Slugger

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Communist? Hahahahahah!!

    You’ve no idea what communism entails.

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    Leo Z

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    This is more like China.

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    sam

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

    So naive and easily influenced by Hunger Games “3 Fingers Salute” used by dissolved Future Forward Party led by disqualified MP,Thanathorn.Do they really know where they are going and when they reach there,what next ?

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    Gosport

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:13 am

    School did a great job, a comprehensive scoring covers loyalty to the nation. The student can go around with his three fingers up any time.

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    John_2

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Hunger Games “3 Fingers Salute” straight from a certain Intel agencies playbook.
    The movie already spun one False Flag namely Elliot Rodger the so called Santa Barbra shooter.

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    Stardust

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:04 am

    The young generation understands who are the real nation haters who wants them just as slaves and not think by themselves. It is their future they fight for and this disgusting old foolish will anyway no more long here. This old loosers still not understand the truth always will win. This junta is really on the wrong side of the history and they will get what they deserve sooner or later.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Loyalty comes with reward…….where’s the carrot?

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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