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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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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Is that all he pulled out……..

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      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.

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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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            Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:46 am


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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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    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.
      Go and scream about the litter in the street, that’s what will make you happy.

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    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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    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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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:17 am

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

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    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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        Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:56 am


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        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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    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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    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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    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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