A director of a temple school in Chiang Mai has been reported for his use of corporal punishment.
The case was reported to the police on August 8 by Sasi Paripunno, a mother of a 17-year-old novice against an unnamed temple school in Chiang Mai. The director allegedly hit five novices with a broomstick causing severe bruises.
Sasi’s son revealed that they were punished for skipping the evening chant. He claimed they were exhausted from studying and the school director first hit three of his friends with a plastic broomstick but it broke, so he swapped it with a wooden broomstick.
After the punishment, the director allegedly seized the boys’ mobile phones but one of them had a spare phone which was used to record the incident.
The mother, who contacted the school director after she became aware of the incident on August 5, claimed the director admitted using the sticks and had asked her to sort the matter out privately.
She refused to comply stating that she was worried about future punishments that may occur should this matter not be taken more seriously, as the school director is a senior monk.
Parents have demanded that the director be held accountable by law for his actions.
Source :The Nation