Hospital chief admits slapping and stripping teen

Maj Gen Dr Rianthong Nanna, the outspoken director of Mongkutwattana Hospital, is in the headlines again, this time for slapping the face of a 14-year-old boy and ordering him to walk naked out of the hospital as punishment for smoking in a hospital restroom. (File photo)
Maj Gen Dr Rianthong Nanna, the outspoken director of Mongkutwattana Hospital, is in the headlines again, this time for slapping the face of a 14-year-old boy and ordering him to walk naked out of the hospital as punishment for smoking in a hospital restroom. (File photo)

A lawyer has asked police to press charges against Maj Gen Dr Rienthong Nanna, the director of Mongkutwattana Hospital, who has admitted to slapping the face of a 14-year-old boy and ordering him to walk naked out of the hospital as punishment for smoking in a restroom.

The teenager was caught smoking in a restroom on the first floor of Building 3 at about 10.30pm on Monday.

According to the boy, he saw a group of hospital staff when he left the restroom. He was taken to the hospital lobby and asked to pay a 5,000-baht fine for smoking.

A staff member then took his mobile phone and told him to wait for the hospital director.

The boy said Dr Rienthong walked towards him and asked why he had smoked in the hospital. After asking the question, the man slapped him in the face four times until he cried.

He said Dr Rienthong then kicked him in the face twice and kneed him near his left eye. After that, he ordered him to take off his clothes and walk naked out of the hospital.

On arriving at the entrance of Chaeng Watthana Soi 12, the boy said he asked for help from a passerby to borrow a mobile phone to contact a relative to pick him up.

The lawyer said Dr Rienthong refused to hold talks.

The boy’s mother said she apologised for her son’s action for smoking in the restroom. However, she called the punishment unreasonable.

On Wednesday, Dr Rienthong said he would raise the fine for smoking in his hospital from 5,000 baht to 500,000 baht.

The hospital director admitted he slapped and kicked the teenager and ordered him to strip because he wanted him to understand the consequences of his actions.

Vocabulary

  • consequences: results of effects of something - ผลที่ตามมา
  • knee: the joint between the top and bottom parts of the leg where it bends in the middle - หัวเข่า
  • lobby: a large area inside the entrance of a public building where people can meet and wait - ห้องโถง,ทางเข้า, ซุ้มประตู, ห้องรับรอง
  • passer-by: one who passes by, one who walks past - คนผ่านไปมา
  • punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
  • restroom (noun): a room with a toilet in a public place - ห้องน้ำ
  • slap: to hit with the flat part of the hand - ตบ
  • strip: to remove your clothing, or to remove all the clothing of someone else - ถอดผ้า, แก้ผ้า
  • unreasonable: not fair; expecting too much - เกินกว่าเหตุ, มากเกินไป, ไม่เหมาะสม
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