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The curse of child abuse in Thai schools

Revelation of what appears to have been systematic abuse at Sarasas schools has caused uproar in Thailand

UCA News reporter, Bangkok

UCA News reporter, Bangkok

Updated: October 05, 2020 07:08 AM GMT
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The curse of child abuse in Thai schools

Students make the three-fingered salute as they stand behind the gate of Samsen School to demand less strict school rules, more tolerance and respect during a protest in Bangkok on Oct. 2. (Photo: AFP)

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Newly released security footage taken at a kindergarten in a northwestern suburb of Bangkok makes for unsettling viewing.

A female teacher walks among preschoolers and suddenly grabs a toddler by the back of his shirt and pulls him away in what appears to be an attempt to stop the boy from playing around with a girl.

In another clip, another staffer at the school lashes out a young child by hitting him suddenly. In yet another clip, a female teacher manhandles a student and drags him out of class.

And there is more. In an especially egregious incident caught on camera, a teacher at the school, which belongs to a privately owned chain of preschools and primary schools, is shown wrapping a clearly terrified two-year-old girl in a black plastic bag as punishment for some perceived misdeed.

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