Parents find evidence of more abuse at Nonthaburi private school
On Friday morning, Ronnarong Kaewphet, lawyer and chairman of the Justice-seeking Advocacy Network, accompanied the parents of 10 students to Pakkred Police Station to file charges against teachers of Nonthaburi’s Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School.
“Parents saw CCTV footage of two teachers punishing their children by beating them up. The footage also showed a teacher punishing a boy by putting a black garbage bag on the child’s head before pulling it down to cover his entire body,” Ronnarong said.
“The teachers then threatened other students with the same punishment if they did not stop crying.
“Earlier, when some parents found wounds on their children’s bodies, they questioned the teachers and were told the injuries came from children’s roughhousing,” the lawyer said.
“I then called on the school to provide me with all CCTV recordings, and they said they only kept recordings for three days. So, this clip only provides partial information.”
On Monday, the school had announced that it had fired four teachers who were involved in the abuse of kindergartners. Their teacher was captured on CCTV banging their heads on their desks, pushing some to the ground and twisting their ears until their cried out in pain.
Since this incident came to light, the school has been facing investigation from the Teacher’s Council of Thailand and Office of the Private Education Commission, while its executives have agreed to refund tuition fees if parents want to pull their children out of school.