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A woman is accusing a school director in the Isaan province Kalasin of negligence after her teenage son drowned during a boy scout challenge at a nearby swamp. Teachers did not notice 15 year old Noppakao Sita was missing. His body was found later that night at around 8pm after a long search by local divers.

Teachers running the scout programme set up a mock war where they threw rocks, pretending they were bombs. The students were told to jump in the swamp to dodge the “bombs.” Police suspect Noppakao did not know how to swim and was forced to participate.

There was no discussion beforehand about deep areas of the swamp, students say. No life jackets or rubber boats on hand during the exercise.

When Noppakao did not return home from school, his mother, 48 year old Buachuen, tried to contact the Ban Na Kor Wittayakom School. The staff didn’t know where he was and she says they seemed uninterested.

Neighbours and the village chief started searching for Noppakao. After the local search, they called the police.

School director Suntara Kullasa told Thai media that Noppakao’s name was not on the list of participants for the scout activity, which is possibly why teachers did not notice that he was missing.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Karena

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Should be a case of manslaughter by negligence. Teachers have a duty of care for children in their charge and it is quite shocking that no information was give about the swamp, how deep it was in parts , and also that there were no life jackets or rubber boats either.

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    cyrus

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:45 am

    once you work in a government public school you will know, how ridiculous of the thai teacher and how professional of the staff is………… so sad about this case, seems no one want to help the mother, where is the class teacher ?? she doesn’t care about the missing student ????????

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    joe molinario

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Iused to live in Kalasin/ Yang Talad, theare of the dam/ fishponds is very treacheroes to swim -in.
    Many poeple died in the ponds/swamps as the ground is muddy and not leve, Signs must be posted around the waters , warning of the danger present, BUT TIT, this is Thaiand, a shitland.

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    joe molinario

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:45 am

    who is on the stuff of Thaiger/Thailand and in Singapore, do they have workpermits, are they qualified to manage a social media site? I dont think so.

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    Ian

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:09 am

    Totally in agreement karena in UK they would be charged with manslaughter no health and safety in thailand whatsoever

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    Owiee

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Very sad. Those responsible should be held to account

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    Ian

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:51 am

    He needs some action taking against him, if not the whole organization owes that family a lot of money (more than 5,000 baht, the going rate for poor people lives, apparently)

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    Timmytime

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:38 am

    No wonder Thailand is rated as a third world country, always has always will be.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    “He needs some action taking against him, if not the whole organization owes that family a lot of money…”

    That’s the whole problem, Ian, and not just here (and that’s NOT an excuse).

    The “organization” (school, police, army, etc) pays, never the individuals responsible so nobody learns the lesson and it just happens again, and again, and again and the taxpayer pays, not those responsible …

    “… (more than 5,000 baht, the going rate for poor people lives, apparently)”

    No idea where that comes from, but not correct although Thailand seldom imposes “punitive damages” which are a UK / US concept.

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    Ian

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Ian can you put yourself as Ian 2 as I don’t want in getting you confused with me thankyou and where do you get the 5,000 baht quote from

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    Alan

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    It will be just swept under the carpet as useuwell in Thailand I lived in buriram for a long time every year there’s a school kid dies in some village very sad indeed

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