The case of Manassanan "Nong Oey" Thongphu, a three-year-old child who fell into a coma and died after being locked in a school van in asphyxiating heat for several hours, is pure horror to all parents and became a wake-up call for schools and authorities.
It hasn't been the only incident this year involving a lack of safety measures and social responsibility that has resulted in the death of children. In March, a school van in Chiang Mai rammed into a 10-wheeler, killing two secondary school students and injuring 10 more.
These are examples of recent incidents, but the problem of substandard school buses, carelessness and untrustworthy drivers have long been reported and feared, and yet somehow neglected. It's clear that safety measures and attention to detail are still lacking, and schools, as well as government regulators and traffic police, continue to face ardent calls to prevent young people from falling prey to accidents, or worse _ an early death.
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