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Teacher sacked over assaults on kindergarteners (video)
« on: September 26, 2020, 04:54:20 PM »
Teacher sacked over assaults on kindergarteners
Nonthaburi police weigh charges after video of abuses at private school goes viral

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Re: Teacher sacked over assaults - Onlookers to child beating face action
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 11:14:57 AM »
Onlookers to child beating face action
Accused woman had no licence to teach

The Office of the Private Education Commission (Opec) will on Monday ask executives at the privately-run Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School to take legal action against staff members who watched a teacher beat young children but did nothing to stop it.

(pic below) An image from a video shows a teacher pushing a 3-year-old to the floor in the presence of other staff at the privately run Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi on Sept 23.  bangkokpost.com
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Re: Police to look more closely into kindergarten abuse case
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2020, 12:52:52 PM »
Police to look more closely into kindergarten abuse case
Police said on Monday that they will further investigate the case of kindergarten students in Nonthaburi suffering abuse at the hands of their teacher.

Deputy police spokesperson Krisana Pattanacharoen said police have spoken to eight parents and sent their children, who had been abused by their teacher, to hospital for a thorough check up.

Last week, a group of parents called on the principal of Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School to check CCTV recordings after their children refused to go to school and appeared to have bruises.

Security camera recordings showed teacher Onuma Ploadprong physically assaulting the children several times, by banging the children’s heads on their desks, pushing them to the ground or twisting their ears until they screamed in pain.

School representatives and parents then filed a complaint with Ratchapruek Police Station in Nonthaburi on September 24, while the teacher was immediately sacked.

Apart from checking video recordings of the past 10 days, Krisana said other kindergarten classes at the school will also be checked.

The spokesman added that the social development office has been contacted to provide psychiatric help to the traumatised students.

Meanwhile, this subject is still a hot issue on social media, with many netizens not just slamming the teacher for her behaviour, but also attacking others who did not stop her.

Some netizens also shared their experience of abuse in school, which shows that this problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

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Re: School axes 4 teachers for allegedly assaulting kindergartners
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2020, 01:13:36 PM »
School axes 4 teachers for allegedly assaulting kindergartners

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi province has terminated the employment of four teachers who allegedly physically assaulted young students.

The private school held a press conference on Monday afternoon to clarify the incident where a female teacher was seen on CCTV assaulting kindergarteners.

The recordings showed teacher Onuma Ploadprong physically assaulting the children, banging their heads on their desks, pushing them to the ground and twisting their ears until they screamed in pain.

School principle Nittha Yukhong read an announcement at the conference, saying the school is deeply sorry for the incident and will take responsibility for the action of its staff.

“The school has immediately terminated the employment of Onuma as well as three other teachers who were involved in the incident,” she said. “We are willing to cooperate with officials pursuing legal action against Onuma and others. Furthermore, we will help provide psychiatric help to the traumatised students.”

Warunee Pheukthes, one of the school's teachers, said it would employ stricter measures in monitoring the teaching and activities of staff in the classroom, as well as using “stronger punishment” against staff that fail to adhere to the school’s standards.

“We will also invite parents to monitor the classrooms and take part in learning activities to strengthen parent-teacher cooperation, as well as select our staff based on qualification in kindergarten psychology and properly train them to use suitable disciplinary action and language toward children,” she promised.

Dr Warisnan Detprangprasong, representative of the school administrative panel, has vowed to appoint a new executive panel from its central office in two days to handle the problem as well as address the needs and concerns of parents.

“Please give us another chance to fix our mistakes,” he pleaded. “However, if parents want to take their children out of the school, we are happy to refund their tuition fees,” he said.

After the conference, some of the parents who attended the event still voiced dissatisfaction as the school failed to explain why some of its teachers did not possess professional licences but were instead granted a 2-year “extension” to improve their ability before applying for the licence.

“We found that Onuma had been granted an extension four times and still couldn’t obtain the license,” one of the parents said. “I’ll surely take my kid out of this school as the safety of my child is my top priority.”

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All Sarasas schools face abuse investigation
A special committee will investigate all 42 Sarasas private schools for more cases of student abuse following an incident at Sarasas Witaed Ratcha­phruek School which provoked outrage among parents and the public.

According to the Office of the Private Education Commission (Opec) , there have been recent complaints about bullying and inappropriate punishments at 34 Sara­sas schools.

"We have found that Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School also ignored admittance quotas for its English programme. Under the rules, private schools are only allowed to admit 25 students per class for English lessons, but Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School allegedly admitted 34 students per class," said Opec secretary-general Attapon Truektrong.


Last week, several videos were widely shared online showing various occasions on which a teacher is seen assaulting kindergarten 1 pupils at the school. One video obtained from CCTV in the classroom showed the teacher pushing a girl to the floor and pulling her hair while teaching assistants failed to stop her. Angry parents went to the school and confronted the teacher in the videos, identified as Ornuma "Khru Jum" Plodprong, on Sept 25.

The school expressed regret and said it would take responsibility. It has fired the teacher and promised to take disciplinary action against other staff involved. School officials have met the pa­rents and are providing assistance to families taking legal action against Ms Ornuma.

Mr Attapon said Opec will work with the Department of Mental Health and send psychiatrists to evaluate the children in those classes. Moreover, Opec will work closely with the parents to take legal action against staff members who watched the teacher beat the young children but did nothing to stop it, he said.

Mr Attapon said he was told by the school executives that teachers and staff involved have all been fired. Ms Ornuma had no teaching licence, but the school hired her anyway. Opec has now asked all Sarasas schools to allow parents access to classroom CCTV footage and ensure that all teachers have licences issued by the Teachers' Council of Thailand.

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'Khru Jum' acknowledges child abuse charges
A woman teacher sacked from a large private school for allegedly beating a kindergarten pupil reported to police on Tuesday to acknowledge two counts of physically abusing a child.

Ornuma "Khru Jum" Plodprong, 30, reported  to Chaiyaphreuk station police station, where Pol Lt Gen Amphon Buarupporn, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 1, was meeting  investigators in the case.

Ms Oruma faces charges after videos of young children being hit repeatedly by a teacher at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Pak Kret district went viral online.

She refused to answer reporters' questions and was immediately taken to an interrogation room. 

Pol Maj Gen Paisarn Wongwatcharamongkol, chief of Nonthaburi police, said two charges had been laid against Ms Ornuma  - assault and violating the Child Protection Act.

Charges for alleged offences under the Teachers Act would be brought later, he said

Charges may also be filed against the woman by eight parents, he said. 

Last week, several videos were widely shared online in which a teacher was seen on several occasions assaulting kindergarten 1 pupils at the school. One video, from closed-circuit TV in the classroom, showed the teacher pushing a girl to the floor and pulling her hair in the presence of teaching assistants, who failed to intervene.

Angry parents went to the school and confronted the teacher in the videos, identified as Ornuma "Khru Jum" Plodprong, on Sept 25.

The Office of the Private Education Commission (Opec) has set up a special committee to investigate all 42 Sarasas private schools for more cases of student abuse.

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School expressed regret over the incident and sacked Ms Ornuma, who it turned out is not a qualified teacher.

Video below (in link): Sacked teacher Ornuma "Khru Jum" Plodprong, 30, wearing a face mask, blue T-shirt and a cap, reports to police on Tuesday to acknowlege child abuse charges. She was allegedly seen in videos beating kindergarten pupils at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphreuk School in Nonthaburi's Pak Kret district. (Video supplied/ Wassayos Ngamkham)

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Re: Teachers held over abuse of kindergartners released on bail
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2020, 02:16:58 PM »
Teachers held over abuse of kindergartners released on bail
The Nonthaburi provincial court on Tuesday decided to release two teachers held for the abuse of young students on a bail guarantee of Bt60,000 each.

Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School teacher Onuma Ploadprong, 30, had been detained for assaulting kindergartners and Phamonlak Laksameemethakorn, 48, had been held for doing nothing to stop her.

The court granted bail because the suspects had surrendered before being summoned. Police also said the two women showed no intention of escaping.

Last week, the school came under the spotlight after CCTV recordings showed kindergarten teacher Onuma physically assaulting children by banging their heads on their desks, pushing them to the ground or twisting their ears until they screamed in pain.

A recent video published online on Tuesday showed the teacher dragging a child along the floor by the collar.

The subject is still a hot issue on social media, with some netizens sharing their personal experiences of abuse in school, making the point that this problem needed to be addressed as soon as possible.

Initial investigation revealed that several teachers at this school had no teaching licence.

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Re: Sarasas school offers compensation for child abuse
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2020, 12:04:57 AM »
Sarasas school offers compensation for child abuse
School will pay medical costs, waive student fees
The private school at the centre of a child abuse scandal agrees to pay compensation, including refunding fees and paying medical costs, and tighter screening of teaching staff.

Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan said representatives of the school reached the agreement in talks at the ministry on Wednesday.

She said  the school management will pay compensation to both abused students, who will continue to study at the school, and others who leave for other schools.

For students who stay, the school will refund all fees for the 2020 academic year for abused students and pay for their treatment and mental counselling. The school will also install surveillance cameras at all corners and displays, so parents will be able to monitor their children in its canteen, and show all teachers' certificates of qualification.

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Re: Council finds only 98 of 411 Sarasas teachers have valid licence
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2020, 11:14:30 AM »
Council finds only 98 of 411 Sarasas teachers have valid licence, school claims it's a database mulfunction
Just 98 out of the 411 teachers at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi were found to possess a valid licence during a Teacher’s Council of Thailand (TCT) investigation, with the school claiming it could not find the documentation of other teachers due to a database malfunction, TCT secretary-general Dissakul Kasemsawat said.

Sasasas has come under investigation by educational agencies after an incident in which a female teacher was seen on CCTV assaulting kindergarteners. The recordings showed teacher Onuma Ploadprong physically assaulting the children, banging their heads on their desks, pushing some to the ground and twisting the ears of others until they screamed out in pain.

The school announced on Monday that it had fired Onuma and three other teachers involved in the assaults.

“The four affected teachers, comprising three Thai nationals and one Filipino, have no licences. The school had promised the council that it would apply for an extension period during which their staff could try to obtain the licences while still working, but we never received any application for such an extension,” Dissakul said.

“We estimate the investigation would take about a week to cover all teachers of the school. We plan to work with the Office of the Private Education Commission to investigate 42 other schools under the Sarasas Group,” Dissakul added.

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Re: School execs to face charges over 54 cases of child abuse
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2020, 07:38:20 PM »
School execs to face charges over 54 cases of child abuse

Police will summon executives of all branches of Nonthaburi’s Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School to acknowledge charges of violating the Teacher’s Act on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Provincial Police Region 1 said investigators have found 54 cases of child abuse in the 10 branches of Sarasas Witaed schools located in areas under its jurisdiction. Up to 30 students had been assaulted, some more than twice.

Up to 13 teachers have been found responsible for the 54 cases and nine have surrendered to police.

Provincial Police Region 1 has also set aside four teams to talk to the students, and ensure all sides receive fair justice.

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Parents furious after new CCTV footage shows ‘Khru Jum’ stripping female student

New CCTV footage showing the infamous “Khru Jum” stripping a girl naked in front of a foreign male teacher has further angered parents.

The girl’s mother showed up at Chaiyapruek Police Station on Wednesday to file a complaint against Sarasas Witaed Ratchapruek School teacher Ornuma “Khru Jum” Plodprong for sexually assaulting her daughter by removing the child’s pants in full view of a Filipino teacher.

The mother said removing a child’s clothes in front of her classmates was unacceptable, and worse when an adult male is present because he may get aroused by the naked child.

The mother refused to accept the teacher’s apology, saying, “Apologies and school fees refunds doesn’t mean parents won’t take action against the school.”

The teacher, meanwhile, is suing parents for hitting her after seeing footage of her abusing their children

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Sarasas school director ‘unprepared and too busy’ to answer police summons
Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School’s director did not answer his police summons on Wednesday to provide clarification on the child abuse scandal, saying he has not been given time to prepare.

A school representative showed up at Chaiyapruek Police Station at 10am on Wednesday to hand over a letter detailing the director’s reason for failing to appear.

He explained that the director believes he has not been given enough time to gather evidence and that he is busy with other important jobs, which leaves him with no time to acknowledge accusations of violating the Private School Act.

The representative also clarified that he was not linked to the team of Decha Kittivittayanan, the lawyer who helped Ornuma “Khru Jum” Plodprong file lawsuits against parents of the children she had assaulted.

People working at the Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School have come under heavy criticism, particularly the president of Sarasas schools, Piboon Yongkamol, who showed no compassion or sympathy for parents during an interview with Thairath TV.

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Re: Four teachers get prison sentences over assault - Nonthaburi
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2020, 11:19:16 AM »
Four teachers get prison sentences over assault of students in Nonthaburi school: lawyer
A Nonthaburi court has given jail sentences to four teachers after parents filed a police complaint against them for assault of their children, laywer Ronnarong Kaewphet said.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the lawyer who leads a justice-seeking advocacy network, said the parents of students who attended Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi province had filed a complaint against four teachers for physical assault of 13 young students.

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Re: Nonthaburi school dares parents to go to court over child abuse
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2020, 03:42:47 PM »
Nonthaburi school dares parents to go to court over child abuse
The Nonthaburi Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School has reportedly rejected the option an out-of-court settlement with 20 parents who are demanding a Bt5 million compensation for the abuse meted out to their children.

Prayut Petchkhun, deputy spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General, said on Tuesday morning that the school has sent a letter refusing to talk to parents, saying it was ready to fight the case in court.

The case of child abuse at the school has sparked public anger for months, while 13 teachers have so far surrendered to police.

Police have found evidence of 58 students being physically assaulted by teachers, some of whom are already serving a prison sentence.

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