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Thai principal pulls out gun at school assembly amid sexual abuse allegation

Caitlin Ashworth

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A principal at a school in Southern Thailand pulled out a gun at a morning flag assembly after a criminal complaint was filed with police claiming that he had a sexual relationship with a student.

The principal at Thepha School in Songkhla, Sayan Chaleephol, was discussing the school’s budget at the assembly, but then changed the subject and started asking the students for forgiveness. He put down the microphone and then moved his blazer, reaching for a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants. It appeared that he was going to hurt himself rather than the students.

One student screamed “No! No! No!” Hundreds of students quickly fled the area when they saw the gun. After the incident, teachers immediately arranged for students to be picked up from school.

Sayan allegedly had sex with a Mathayom 3 (ninth grade) student. The girl’s parents filed a complaint with Thepha police on charges of sex with a minor. Police say the girl will go in for a medical examination.

SOURCE: Coconuts Bangkok

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23 Comments

23 Comments

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Is that all he pulled out……..

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      Slugger

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      Juvenile comment.

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        Toby Andrews

        Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:22 pm

        No I think its funny.
        Perhaps when he put the gun in his pants he intended to shoot it off.
        .
        lol

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          brian mc

          Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:49 pm

          probably firing blanks. my guess just a 9mm too

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            Craig

            Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:46 am

            55555555

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        Jesus Monroe

        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm

        Yes slugger it probably was a juvenile comment, but is that such a bad thing with so much serious shit going down in the world. Why don’t you step up to the plate and show everyone here how it’s done…..ummm “SLUGGER”

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    Siso

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    All funny and hilarious ha ha, till some depreved sick adult fucks and rapes your little son or baby girl

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      Roger C

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Until then, I will laugh at previous comments.

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      Toby Andrews

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      Oh shut up you moron. First post I have seen you post and you make a stupid objection!
      It is not little son or baby girl! The victim is a ninth grade student.
      Bellyacher.
      Go and scream about the litter in the street, that’s what will make you happy.

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    Scribble

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Why is he still Principal and at work when there is a current criminal complaint of having sex with a student?

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    brian mc

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    he probably thought taking a gun to school was a good idea… in principal

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    Ray

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Even if he didn’t use the gun, he shot himself in the foot with this performance.

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    Geoff

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:17 am

    It gives a whole new meaning to “head teacher”.

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    Bubba

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:09 am

    What a mess. The girl was probably of legal age, but the principal is in a position of authority. It will turn out to be a compensatory crime, the money will be paid, and in a few years no one will care. A real can of worms.

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      Truth B Told

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:07 am

      An 18 year old 9th grader??. Did you even finish reading the article?

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        Craig

        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:56 am

        5555555555

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        Lou

        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:47 pm

        Is 18 the age of consent in thailand?

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      Peter Harris

      Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      What is the age of consent in Thailand?

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    Craig

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Wow. A principal with a concealed weapon. It’s no surprise what else he does or could do. I had a good laugh with some of the funny comments. Glad I’m older and went to school elsewhere.

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    Richard

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Relocation to another post will he his punishment,instead of a Prison for life

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    Somchai

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Government schools here are living in the dark ages. Reform needed quickly! Most people get ‘transferred’ for wrong doing. We can’t be losing face!

    Guns are also a huge cultural issue here. Bringing one to a school is a level of low that one would that could not occur in Thailand, It will all be brushed under the carpet as a ‘misunderstanding’ no lose of face again.

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    brian mc

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    apparently the guy is impotent so is now facing a charge of assault with a dead weapon

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    Mike Houston

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Age of consent in Thailand aside, a child is a child and being in a current position of authority presents another problem. If you are sexually aroused by a child it is better that you eliminate yourself so as to keep from doing harm to others. I’ve seen too many stories of teachers abusing students. It is a shame that they do not end up being punished more severely. It is even more of a shame that they often have support, after the fact, from coworkers and locals.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Thai school director resigns after sexual abuse and firearms charges

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The school director who pulled out a gun during a school assembly amid allegations that he sexually abused a student has resigned. After a student’s mother filed a police complaint accusing the director of rape and depriving a child of parental protection, 60 year old Sayan Chaleephol made a public apology at a school assembly for his “personal problem” and started to pull out a gun from his waistband. Students fled, but it appeared Sayan intended to hurt himself rather than the students.

The school director allegedly sexually abused a Mathayom 3 (grade 9) student at Thepha School in Songkhla’s Thepha district. Along with sexual abuse charges, Sayan now faces charges of carrying a firearm in public. He submitted a resignation letter to the Zone 16 Secondary Education Office on Friday.

The resignation does not affect the disciplinary investigation against Sayan and he is found guilty, then he can be dismissed from government service, according to the education office’s director Sangkorn Rakchuchuen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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A nightclub in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was raided at 2am this morning after police were tipped off about the venue staying open beyond the authorised hours.

Nation Thailand says people at the nightclub were “partying without protection” and not abiding by coronavirus prevention measures. Nearby residents also say they were disturbed by the noise during the early hours.

The nightclub owner, 29 year old Anthika Dokho, was arrested on charges of selling alcohol after midnight, violating disease control measures and for violating the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Clash with kratom smugglers by Songhkla border leaves 1 Malaysian cop killed and 1 injured

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A clash with kratom drug smugglers by Thailand ‘s Songhkla border has left 1 Malaysian cop killed and 1 injured. The clash happened at around 2am this mornign as a Malaysian policeman came up on 13 men acting suspiciously near the border on the Malaysian side, which is opposite of Sadao district.

Gunshots were exchanged and 2 Thai smugglers were arrested with 3 other Thais wounded. The wounded Thais attempted to cross the border but were caught and sent to Hat Yai hospital for treatment. 54 year old Baharudin bi Pramli, was shot and killed whils 39 year old Norihan A/L Tari was wounded.

The kratom smugglers were believed to be both Malaysian and Thai nationals. Kratom, is a mild narcotic, which has been categorised as an illegal drug in Thailand. 1 of the injured men was taken to the area, as police say he was well enough to identify the scene of the clash and the gang’s escape route. Across the border, Malaysian police reportedly arrested 2 Thai smugglers. One was 38 year old Sahamadyusob Talah from tambon Ban Khuan of Muang district, while the other was unnamed.

Recently, a Burmese man was busted with 20 kilograms of kratom after he illegally crossed a natural border into Thailand in the southern Muang district in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Border patrol police and administrative officials were patrolling Ban Hup Phueng, a village near the natural pass on the Myanmar border, after Thailand authorities sealed the border earlier due to an outbreak of Covid in Myanmar. Such arrests of illegal border crossing have been more prevalent in recent months as the province has stepped up surveillance of the border due to the Covid-10 pandemic.

Just last weekend, a Burmese refugee contracted Covid after sneaking across the border to visit his native country and upon coming back, he tested positive for the virus, causing officials to lockdown the refugee camp in Tak province.

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