Teacher suspended for slapping student

An image from a school security video shows a teacher slapping her student so hard that it took his face mask off.
An image from a school security video shows a teacher slapping her student so hard that it took his face mask off.

A teacher at a secondary school has been suspended for repeatedly slapping the face of a student, reportedly because he refused to call her “mum”, after video of the incident was widely seen online.

The video shows a teacher grabbing a schoolboy’s wristand leading him through a passage. She then stops to speak to the boy and points to his face before slapping it. The impact takes off his face mask.

The teacher is then seen shouting at the boy and hitting his face again. The impact of the second slap was so hard that his face jerked to one side.

Thatchapol Polrat, deputy dean of Ramkhamhaeng University overseeing its demonstration secondary schools, said on Thursday that the guardian of the student met with him last week.

Mr Thatchapol said he had forwarded a report of the incident to the disciplinary office of the university for further action. Pending its ruling, the teacher concerned has been suspended.

Meanwhile, school officials have discussed compensation with the student and his guardian, Mr Thatchapol said.

The deputy dean said the boy told him he was “okay”, and the boy’s classmates have also given him moral support.

The video was posted online by a woman who said she was the schoolboy’s aunt.

She said the teacher had become angry after the boy rejected her instruction to call her “mum”, telling her he had only one mother.

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  • aunt: the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle - ป้า,น้าผู้หญิง,อาผู้หญิง
  • compensation (noun): money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - การจ่ายเงินชดเชย
  • dean: a senior official at a college or university, often the head of a faculty or department - คณบดี
  • disciplinary: related to the punishment of people who do not obey the rules - การลงโทษเนื่องจากการฝ่าฝืนวินัย หรือระเบียบ
  • guardian: a person who is legally responsible for the care of another person, especially a child - ผู้ปกครอง
  • impact (noun): the force with which one object hits another - แรงกระแทก
  • moral support: giving someone encouragement - ให้กำลังใจ
  • pending: waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
  • slap: to hit with the flat part of the hand - ตบ
  • suspended (verb): not allowed to participate or to do a job for a period of time; not allowed to be used for a period of time - ถูกระงับ
  • wrist: the part of your body between your hand and your arm - ข้อมือ
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