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Education authority excuses teacher who beat nine year old girl with a stick as just “old school”

An education authority in Ratchaburi has excused a teacher who assaulted a little girl who couldn’t keep up with her reading.

They said the teacher had retired and just helps out at the school and his methods were from a bygone era.

But though he has been warned about his behaviour he has not lost his job and continues to teach.

He has just said sorry to the enraged parent of the girl in the P3 class.

The mother of the child named only as “Toey” said her daughter had only started at the school on May 16th after transferring from one in Prajuab.

She said she came home on Tuesday and later that evening complained of pain in her bottom. It was soon revealed that she had been mercilessly beaten with a stick.

The little girl confirmed that she had been unable to keep up with a reading exercise and that the old teacher had called her out in front of the class and hit her repeatedly.

Mum Thanyalak Kuanthong, 31, was shocked and told Sanook that her daughter was terrified of going back to school to face her tormentor.

She posted horrible images of the wounds inflicted on her daughter on Facebook.

But Songsit Sinpatharakun of the Ratcaburi Region 1 education authority said that the teacher concerned was still in a job.

He said that the teacher had retired but was used as a helper at the school. He was familiar with the era when teachers were allowed to hit children.

He said that he had ordered the school director to call in the teacher and remind him that hitting children was no longer acceptable.

He should give warnings, not hit them with sticks, he said.

He added that the teacher concerned had apologized to the parent of the child.

Sanook

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