By The Nation
The clip titled “Kru Krub, Ai Prem Ying Maew”, or “Teacher, Prem Has Shot a Cat”, was posted by Thanut Thangthanasup on Sunday, and since has been watched more than 1 million times and shared more than 25,100 times, drawing more than 20,000 comments.
Referring to a person with the modifier “Ai” in Thai is considered insulting.
The clip starts with a female headmaster at Ban Thunyai School punishing a female student for picking mushrooms and flowers. Then a boy rushes in and shouts: “Teacher, Ai Prem has shot a cat!”
The clip then shows a flashback of the preceding incident with a businessman, depicted as a financial sponsor of the school, talking to the headmaster and thanking her for her support, which allowed him to win a construction project to build the main road to the school.
The construction contractor was accompanied by his son, Prem, so the headmaster ordered schoolboy Wichian to take Prem on a tour the school. The boy playing Prem is chubby and wearing a T-shirt similar to that worn by Premchai when he was arrested.
In the real-life poaching case, Premchai was apprehended by Wichian Shinwong, chief of the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, who has since gained nationwide acclaim for doing his job despite the suspect’s wealth and high social status.
In the clip, when Wichian shows Prem the “Honest Shop”, a self-service snack shop, Prem grabs candies and snacks without leaving any money in the jar.
Wichien reminds Prem that he has not paid for the snacks, but the other boy replies: “You don’t know how much I’ve paid for this school.”
Then Prem asks Wichian if he can play with his airgun. After Prem misses his target while shooting at cans, he says he needs a moving target and then shoots and kills the school’s black cat.
After Wichian tells the headmaster about the incident, she instead tries to punish Wichian for not collecting money from Prem for the snacks.
And when Wichian reminds the teacher again and again that Prem had killed the cat, his father tells the teacher that if she punishes his son, the school would face the consequences.
The movie ends in suspense as it remains unclear what the teacher will decide.