Corpun file 14094
The Nation, Bangkok, 28 September 2004
Head transferred for caning
school director was yesterday slapped with a transfer order for
caning a 19yearold female student who repeatedly played truant
and was found in a rented apartment with a male friend.
Anon Bualom, the director of Sak Ngarm Wittaya School in
Kamphaeng Phet, admitted caning Nueng (not her real name) 39
times last Thursday.
The teenager's buttocks were bruised and swollen and she
also developed a fever. Her mother then lodged a complaint with
police on Sunday against Anon.
Fundamental Education Commission secretarygeneral Pornnipa
Limpapayom yesterday said she had already transferred Anon to
Kamphaeng Phet Educational District II Office.
"He is also facing a probe," she said.
The Education Ministry has banned corporal punishment in schools.
If it is ruled that he committed a noncriminal offence, Anon will
face a 5percent salary cut for three months at most.
Pornnipa said Anon should have alerted the student's parents
instead of resorting to the cane.
She said her office also issued a memorandum to all schools
across the country that they must not cane or use violence
Kamphaeng Phet Educational District II Office director Sutis
Thongsanitkarn said he felt Anon had overreacted in the case even
though the student misbehaved.
"There are many other forms of punishment," he said.
According to Sutis, Nueng had studied at Sak Ngarm Wittaya School
for only one semester. She quit her former school because she had
unspecified problems there, Sutis said.
Sak Ngarm Wittaya School has reportedly opened its door to
students with behavioural problems. In a bid to rein in these
students, the school board and parents jointly signed a
memorandum of understanding that caning could be used against
those who misbehave.
Pornnipa said the school board had no mandate to approve corporal
punishment in schools.
Anon said he caned Nueng out of good intentions, hoping that she
would stop misbehaving and that other students would not follow
"I had warned her twice before for the same offence. But she
still did it a third time and a few others were starting to
follow her example. I wanted to stop it," the school
Anon said he was sorry if Nueng's parents felt that he
Nueng's mother said she would pursue legal action against
Anon because he had punished her daughter excessively.
"I want this case to be a precedent, so that other students
will not suffer such punishment," she said. Khlong Lan
police station summoned Anon for questioning last night.
Meanwhile, Senator Wallop Tangkhananurak said he understood
Anon's good intentions but also described the repeated
caning as an overreaction.
"Also he should not have disclosed the girl's sexual
behaviour. That must never be exposed to the public," he
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