Mentally ill man arrested after school assembly attack

Mentally ill man arrested after school assembly attack

A still taken from security camera footage shows teachers and children running for safety from the mentally ill intruder at Ban Namphu Hinlard School in Khon San district, Chaiyaphum province, on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied)
A still taken from security camera footage shows teachers and children running for safety from the mentally ill intruder at Ban Namphu Hinlard School in Khon San district, Chaiyaphum province, on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied)

CHAIYAPHUM: Police arrested a mentally-ill man after he entered a primary school carrying a big knife and slightly injured a teacher during morning assembly on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred about 8am at Ban Namphu Hinlard School for kindergarteners and students from first to sixth grade in tambon Thung Na Lao of Khon San district.

The arrested man's house stands opposite the school. He entered the school grounds, driving fast on a motorcycle, as about 100 children and their teachers were gathering for morning assembly, police said.

The man held a big knife in his hand and slightly injured a teacher, as staff and children fled into the main building for safety.

The intruder then left the school on his motorcycle and hid in his house. Police spent more than an hour talking to him and calming him down, and finally arrested him. 

Police and teachers said he was mentally ill. The man was taken to Khon San Hospital. His name was not released.

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