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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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    brian mc

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    he should have been sacked (avoiding the fired pun) on the spot just for his stunt with the gun. the other allegations are a different disciplinary matter.
    should not allow him a chance to try and save face by resigning.

    what kind of a role model to the students is he?

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Re-deployed to a ‘non-active’ service role… maybe become a school inspector!!!!? 5555+++

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      Dirk

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:04 am

      It’s a good thing that he resigned rather than be fired.

      Now he can get a job at another school without having a termination on his resume.

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    Craig

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    It scared the students. I wonder how his coworkers felt now knowing he was carrying.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I sympathise. all those busty students looking at you with cow eyes.
    There is no excuse, he should have had an iron will . . .

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      Toby Andrews

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      Not an iron something else.

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    Tony Grace

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Some times I hold my head and screem what is the matter with Thi juridical system .He should be arrested the case properly investigate and if foundguilty should be sent to prison.. No it’s now ok he has resigned and will likely get a pension or a transfer to another school if a resonable person read this they would say NO its fake news .But the sad fact is its not

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4:34 am

    This guy probably needed mental health treatment a long time ago but subordinates were likely too scared of retaliation to speak up. Not defending him. If he is guilty, he must be punished!

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    Grumpy John

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:35 am

    For a gun offense it should be remand until the trial and dismissal from his job. For allegedly raping a student at least stood down by the ed dept until the matter is heard. But being Thailand things will go differently to what we expect in the West.

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    John is My Biggest Fan

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:42 am

    It’s not his fault. He probably didn’t mean it. And a senior teacher carrying and then displaying a firearm in a school is fine as long as he only intended to harm himself. I’m sure he’s a really good guy really. Probably just misunderstood.

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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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In another drug bust in Northeastern province Nakhon Phanom, police arrested a man and seized 500 kilograms of compressed cannabis. Just yesterday, border patrol police in the province seized 920 kilograms of compressed cannabis from a boat on the Mekong River. In both cases, police suspect the cannabis came from Laos, just across the river.

Police say they searched a black Nissan Navara pickup around 1am in the province’s Na Kae district. Police opened the truck’s bed cover and found 12 sacks with 500 packages of dried, compacted cannabis. Each package of cannabis weighed 1 kilogram, similar to the previous bust on the river.

28 year old Saravut Butngam was arrested. Saravut previously worked in construction, but has recently been unemployed. He allegedly told police that a man called him with an opportunity to make 50,000 baht. He was told to drive the pickup truck from a petrol station in the Na Kae district to a specified location in the neighbouring province Sakon Nakhon, police say. From there, another driver would take over.

Border police commander Sippanan Sornkhunkaew says he suspects the cannabis seized in the province was trafficked from Laos across the Mekong River. He says he believes the cannabis was planned to be trafficked to Southern Thailand and then smuggled across the border, possibly to Malaysia.

On Sunday morning, police confiscated 920 kilograms of cannabis from a boat on the Mekong River. When police approached the boat, men jumped off onto a smaller boat and fled the scene. The dried, compacted cannabis was wrapped in 1 kilogram packages.

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In a major bust on the Mekong River, notorious for drug smuggling, border patrol police seized 920 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis from a boat along the Nakhon Pathom riverbank, bordering Laos.

Police were tipped off about a large shipment of drugs being trafficked across the Thai-Laos border. Police spotted a boat around 4am yesterday. When police moved in, men onboard the boat jumped onto a smaller boat and sped off. Police found 23 sacks filled with 1-kilogram packages of compressed cannabis.

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In the recent months, police have seized more than 5 tonnes of cannabis. While the Thai government has been loosening measures on cannabis, allowing parts of the plant with low traces of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to be used in food and medicinal products, trafficking cannabis is still illegal. Cannabis with high amounts of THC is still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.

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The “elephant ticket” issue was recently brought to light by an opposition MP at a censure debate who said it fast tracked the promotion system and allowed some people who were unqualified and undeserving to raise their rank. Some Thais have protested the “elephant ticket.” Many gathered in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok last week, including one person who dressed up as an elephant.

At the censure debate on February 19, Move Forward Party MP Rangsiman Rome called out PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chairs the Police Commission overseeing the Royal Thai Police, and said the prime minister allowed the “elephant ticket” promotions. Prayut later said there were problems within the police force and that he would handle it.

Police who want a promotion need a ticket, which is basically just a reference or a stamp of approval from a senior officer or even a politician or business person. To get an “elephant ticket,” some can pay for the ticket. A source told the Post that positions for police superintendents cost between 5 to 10 million baht.

Others can get a ticket by doing favours for their superior or even just serving their superior for a long time, sources told the Bangkok Post. The higher the position a senior officer has, the more tickets they have to give out.

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