Phuket and Chon Buri Governors enact school safety measures

PHOTO: Governor Narong and Governor Thawatchi enact safety laws after school shooting. (via La Prensa Latina)

Following the tragic daycare centre massacre in Nong Bua Lamphu, governors around Thailand are legislating tougher safety measures. They hope to prevent the next extreme incident before it can happen. Both Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and Chon Buri Governor Thawatchai Srithong signed orders to put strict protocols into place.

The mass shooting that spurred the governors to action took place just two days ago but has shaken locals in the Uthai Sawan district and people across Thailand. The death toll has risen to 38 people on the shooting spree by a former police officer, with 10 more sustaining serious injuries.

The King and Queen of Thailand visited the site of the attack along with reinstated PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Governor Narong held a meeting yesterday morning in Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket. The officers who attended the meeting held a moment of silence lasting one minute to honour the brutally slain children and victims of the mass shooting.

Governor Narong told The Phuket Express that guns need to be checked, but violators of drug laws, especially members of the government, need to be prosecuted. He urged people who witness illegal drug use to call 1567, a hotline to report drugs.

“We should have strict measurements, especially for illegal drug suppression, to prevent similar incidents. Government officers must face legal action if they are involved with illegal drugs. Firearms possession must be strictly checked too.”

Meanwhile, the Chon Buri governor called for security surveillance in schools in the province. The Pattaya News reported that Governor Thawatchai signed a new directive yesterday, just one day after the mass shooting.

He ordered that all childcare centres in the province must have active surveillance on the premise. The directive went into effect immediately.

Governor Thawatchai instructed leaders in every area and district, including Pattaya’s mayor, to increase CCTV security cameras at all childcare locations. The new order instructed cameras to be placed at all entry and exit points in hopes of quickly identifying and preventing another massacre from occurring in a school.

Northern Thailand News

Neill Fronde

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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