UPDATE: Phuket Educational Office investigating over school director allegedly assaulting 8-year-old student, director denies allegations


The Phuket Provincial Educational Office is investigating over a school director allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old student.

Our previous stories:

The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong has ordered a transparency investigation over the accusation.

Ms. Patchalee Chaoponlagrang, the Phuket Provincial Educational Office director told the Phuket Express, “The school director told us it is not true. He did not assault the boy.”
“The boy is a special child (Children with special developmental needs and/or disabilities). He normally does not enter classes and he likes to stay in teacher rooms.”

“On that day, the student in question went into the director of the school’s room while the school director was working in there. He played in the room for five minutes before going out. The room is next to other rooms where staffers and teachers were present. They did not hear any sound or cries from any potential assault. He bought some water from a teacher at a shop in the school and no wounds were present.” Patchalee stated.

“However, we are continuing the investigation.” Patchalee concluded.

The name of the school and director have been withheld by Phuket law enforcement pending the investigation.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.