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Boy in coma after being shot at school
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:17:47 AM »
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A fourth-grader was shot in the chest by a fellow student who brought his father's gun to school in Muang district yesterday.

The incident happened on the third floor of Building 7 at Sukhanaree School about 10.15am while the school was hosting a merit-making activity for the New Year.

A doctor said the injured boy was shot in the right side of his chest and the bullet had sliced through both lungs and exited his back on the left side. He was rushed to Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital.

As of press time, he was in a coma with both lungs ruptured.

The boy had suffered serious injuries while the bullet had also broken one of his ribs, said the doctor, adding that he was being cared for in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Police investigating the incident said another boy, aged 10, brought the pistol to school and showed it to friends. The pistol went off as he was spinning it in front of his friends in a corridor outside their classroom.

Police said the pistol belonged to the boy's father, who is a soldier serving at the Suranaree camp in the northeastern province.

His father had left the weapon at home while attending a training exercise in another province.

His son had then taken it from the house to impress his schoolmates, they said.

After learning about the incident, parents rushed to the school to take their children home. The school management permitted only fourth-graders to leave for the day.

A parent quoted his child as saying the boy had first shown the pistol to friends last week and had since played with it in school, imitating moves he had seen in video games.

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Korat school shooting no accident, says parent
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 11:25:48 PM »
Korat school shooting no accident, says parent

Fourth-grader who brought soldier dad's pistol to class described as a bully

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A fourth-grader who brought his soldier father’s pistol to school fired it deliberately, says a parent who disputes a claim that the gun went off accidentally.

And while the parent believes the boy did not intend to hit and seriously wound a classmate, someone ultimately must be held responsible for the incident. That person is the boy's father.

The parent, whose name was withheld, said that his son, who was in the same classroom at Sukhanaree School in Muang district, told him that the boy was aggressive and often bullied others.

The incident happened on the third floor of Building 7 at the school at about 10.15am on Friday during a merit-making activity for the New Year.

Before the incident, the 10-year-old had been using his father’s pistol to intimidate a classmate he disliked but the classmate immediately ran out, the parent said, quoting the account given by his son.

This prompted the boy to fire the pistol and a bullet struck another boy who was walking out of the classroom, said the parent. The bullet entered the boy’s chest and pierced both lungs. He is in intensive care at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital but is out of danger, doctors said on Saturday.

Earlier reports said the pistol discharged accidentally while the boy was spinning it to show off.

The parent quoted his child as saying that the shooting was accidental, in that the boy had no intention of hurting his classmate.

He said he did not want to put the blame on the boy or the school, but the father of the boy must answer for his carelessness in leaving the weapon in a place where the boy could take it.

School administrators plan to meet with the parents of the fourth-graders on Monday to explain the incident and discuss measures to prevent a recurrence.

The parent said he had several questions to ask the father of the boy, adding that if the boy remained in the same classroom as his son, he would seek to transfer his son to another classroom.

If his demand was not met, he would move his son to another school, said the parent.

Meanwhile, doctors on Saturday said the injured boy was safe after surgery. However, his spleen had to be removed to save his life. The boy remains under close medical care and will need to stay in hospital for at least one month.

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