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Thai school director resigns after sexual abuse and firearms charges

Caitlin Ashworth



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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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      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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    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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