Teacher said to flog 7-year-old is 'absent' from school

Teacher said to flog 7-year-old is 'absent' from school

Welt marks cover a seven-year-old boy's back. (Photos by Nopparat Kingkaew)
Welt marks cover a seven-year-old boy's back. (Photos by Nopparat Kingkaew)

SURIN - The 57-year-old teacher who allegedly badly beat a seven-year-old pupil over a pen was absent from work on Friday, while his superior was ordered to finish his investigation into the case next week.

Pol Lt Col Porawet Krawenkit, an interrogator from the Sangkha police station, arrived at Ban Huai Poon School in Sangkha district to question staff after the boy's family accused teacher Sangworn Harnpitak of brutally beating the grade one pupil with a tree branch.

The officer did not see Mr Sangworn as he was absent from work, but questioned other teachers who witnessed the incident. Pol Lt Col Porawet said he would issue a summons for Mr Sangworn.

The interrogation began after the boy's grandmother posted a picture on Facebook showing numerous welts on his back and arms. The post was later shared via social media.

It was reported that the boy took Mr Sangworn's pen without his permission. The boy later returned the pen, as another teacher advised, but Mr Sangworn allegedly beat the young boy until another teacher came to his rescue.

Khampoon Boonchern, director of primary education in Surin, visited the boy's family and gave them 3,000 baht to boost morale. He said he ordered the school's head to finish his investigation into the case by early next week so that disciplinary and criminal actions could be taken.

Pornnapa Meechuen, a local social development and human security official, visited the boy's family and found nine family members lived in a small one-storey house, walled and roofed with steel sheets, and slept on wooden planks.

The official gave them 1,000 baht and some consumer products as initial assistance, and promised to arrange additional social welfare support for the family.

Oom Phosarn, the boy's maternal grandmother, said the boy had just moved from Pattaya, where he had lived with his paternal grandmother, a construction worker. The boy had just started his first school term in the Surin school.

She also said that other pupils had bullied her grandson, staining his school uniform with oil paints and painting his face like a cat.

The boy's house in Sangkha district

The makeshift wooden plank bed shared by the boy's family members

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