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Parents slam school bullying response

PHAYAO: The parents of an autistic 4th grader at Ban Dong School in Dok Kham Tai district of Phayao province, who was videotaped being bullied and assaulted by a group of 8th graders, has demanded harsher punishment for her daughter’s attackers.

Friday 12 October 2018, 08:51AM


The entrance to Ban Dong School in Phayao and inset a screengrab from a two-minute video shows attacks by 8th grade students on their autistic schoolmate. Photos: via Bangkok Post

The entrance to Ban Dong School in Phayao and inset a screengrab from a two-minute video shows attacks by 8th grade students on their autistic schoolmate. Photos: via Bangkok Post

They claimed they have been offered B4,000 as compensation from eight attackers’ parents to withdraw their report, which they refused.

A two-minute-long video clip showing a group of 8th graders violently bullying the girl went viral on Wednesday (Oct 10) and sparked outrage from netizens.

In the video, the victim is shown being kicked in the face while sitting in a classroom.

Her hair is pulled and she screams and cries before one of the attackers puts her hand over the victim’s mouth.

Many disgruntled netizens have called on the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) to severely punish those involved in the attack.

Ban Dong School director Nanthapol Fusrikul said the incident took place last Friday (Oct 5) and that the school had already conducted a basic investigation.

Mr Nanthapol said the school talked to the parents of the children involved in hope of putting the matter to bed.

He said the school also issued warnings to the children involved and placed them on probation, as per the Education Ministry’s regulation.

If they commit another offence, they would get their behaviour score cut and face suspension from classes, he added.

“All students involved in the assault and the victim were given physical and psychological tests at the hospital,” Mr Nanthapol said.

However, the victim’s parents said the punishment was too lenient. They vowed to keep pressing so the bullies are punished.

The victim’s parents claimed the school had offered to get the eight students involved to pay B500 each in compensation to the family.

They said they were asked to sign a document to not pursue the case, but they turned the offer down.

A settlement discussion involving all parents will be held today (Oct 12) at City Hall. Later, all parties are due to head to the district police station to discuss criminal proceedings.

One of the attackers, whose name is being withheld due to his age, wrote on his Facebook account saying he was sorry about the incident and that he hoped the case could be closed as his group has been placed on probation by the school.

He also asked social media users to stop condemning his group, claiming the group did not intend to seriously assault the girl, but only wanted to disentangle the victim’s messy hair.

Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin said he has acknowledged the incident and ordered Obec to look into it.

“Bullying is unacceptable as it cultivates violent behaviour, both among the bullies and the victims,” Mr Teerakiat said.

“However, to handle the problem effectively, the Ministry of Education and Obec cannot act alone. All related agencies must join hands to resolve this,” he said.

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Rorri_2 | 14 October 2018 - 08:16:33

"surprised that K didn't advocate caning," caning would have been a good idea... yes, I do advocate corporal punishment, when done correctly and for the right reasons, [extra comment removed - Ed]

Jor12 | 14 October 2018 - 00:42:54

He could be a US Supreme Court Justice...they're the same age.

Christy Sweet | 13 October 2018 - 12:42:58

Put his hand over her mouth? What is he- a USA Supreme Court Justice ? 

Jor12 | 12 October 2018 - 21:44:48

Only one boy...the rest were girls. What about peer pressure? Gotta love the sadists on here. Surprised that K didn't advocate caning as they do in Singapore. These are immature grade 8 students, who, if under 14 cannot be charged with anything.

MJJA | 12 October 2018 - 15:06:48

Acts of kindness and respect need/ should be taught in schools again.

CaptainJack | 12 October 2018 - 12:54:25

Bullying is bad enough but this was outright assault. 500 baht each? Offenders deny even though they're on video? I say chain them to the school gates and leave them in the sun all day,  see how they feel after a few hours humiliation in front of the entire school. Seriously, this can't be seen to go unpunished. 

Kurt | 12 October 2018 - 10:03:30

These primitive 8 boys with their disentangle hair lie should be punished in a way that they are a example for other thai scholars not to do such thing.  Hit them in the wallet, a 12,500 thb each to pay to the girls as a excuse, and their transfer to other schools.
Oh, no police investigation ? This was a criminal act, hitting in face, putting hand over her mouth.

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