24 men arrested for violent disruption of entrance exam

24 men arrested for violent disruption of entrance exam

Soldiers and police guard Mathayomwatsing School in Bang Khunthian district, Bangkok, as students continued sitting university entrance examinations there on Monday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)
Soldiers and police guard Mathayomwatsing School in Bang Khunthian district, Bangkok, as students continued sitting university entrance examinations there on Monday. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

Police arrested 24 men early on Monday morning for allegedly breaking into Mathayomwatsing School in Bangkok, injuring people and disrupting a university admission examination there on Sunday.

The suspects, aged 18-41 years, face charges of trespassing on government property, destruction of government property and physical assault. Some also face sexual harassment charges brought by people at the school.

The arrests follow an incident at the secondary school on Ekachai Road in Bang Khunthian district on Sunday afternoon.

A group of men, reportedly under the influence of alcohol, from an ordination ceremony at a house nearby, forced their way into the premises after becoming annoyed by the school management's request to turn down the loudspeakers because the sound was disturbing students sitting the entrance exam.

Twelve people were reported injured - the director of the secondary school, teachers, other staff and students. Some of them, schoolgirls and teachers, were allegedly sexually harassed.

Pol Col Krisana Patanacharoen, deputy police spokesman, said more arrests were likely.

National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda viewed the incident as serious, and police commanders were ordered to prevent such incidents in future, Pol Col Krisana said.

Surveillance camera footage at Mathayomwatsing School

An examination room was damaged during a raid by several men that disrupted the GAT/PAT tests at Matthayom Wat Sing School in Bangkok's Bang Khunthian district on Sunday. (Photo from @redskullhelpcrime Facebook account)


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