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A Thai online lawyer has warned teachers that cutting a student’s hair is tantamount to assault.
The comments were made after a case where a teacher threatened to shave part of a student’s head for not cutting her hair according to the school rules, reports Daily News.
The student concerned had cut her hair so that it was not covering her ears and this was not allowed by the school.
But well known online lawyer Ronnarong Kaewphet said that teachers who tamper with a student’s hair could be breaking the criminal code.
They could lose their job or be charged with a criminal offence.
Corporal punishment that was previously allowed by law in Thai schools was officially ended some years ago.
But Ronnarong said: “Hair is considered part of a student’s body. It is protected as part of the body under the constitution”.
Ronnarong’s comments were featured on his “Tanai Khu Jai” page online in response to queries from parents and members of the public.