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Bangkok Post (web only), 5 March 2013

Teacher caning student clip goes viral

Classroom caningA video clip of a school teacher repeatedly beating a student with a cane has drawn more positive responses than negative ones from Thai netizens.

In the 43-second video, uploaded to YouTube on Monday by PutDejudomVEVO, the teacher scolded her student for not doing his homework, viciously caning him many times.

According to reports, the incident took place at Ban Noen Phlapwan School in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.

School director Prateep Sriraksa said the teacher was from his school and she had started teaching not so long ago.

He said the woman teaches Thai language. She told him that she had to punish some of her students because they refused to do their homework, even though she had warned them and deducted points time and again.

"I've met with the student and his parents and they understand the situation and won't hold any grudge against the teacher," Mr Prateep said.

The teacher also assured him that she will not discipline her students this way again, the school director added.

Some Thai netizens posted messages condemning the teacher's action.

A YouTube user said the teacher probably had personal problems and she was venting her frustration by furiously beating the student.

Another said the Thai education system needed reform because hitting students will not improve them, as can be seen by the number of young drug addicts and street racers.

However, many internet users said it was not wrong to discipline students by caning them.

"When I was young, my mum and teachers hit me so I became disciplined and studied hard. Without them, I might still be lazy and be a construction worker," a commenter said.

"For those who say the caning method is wrong, uncivilised and violent, compare the kids in the past and present. In general, kids nowadays are immoral, disrespectful, irresponsible and shameless. The cane has made me respect the law, be respectful to others, take responsibility and be ready to accept when I'm wrong," another netizen said.

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This is the video clip referred to in the above piece. In fact there have been several versions of this video floating around the Web; this one seems to be the original, unadulterated version. The caning is certainly a vigorous one. However, the implement used appears to be a rigid stick rather than a (more suitable and more effective) flexible rattan, so the punishment may not be as severe as it looks.


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