Principal accused of sex with student pulls gun at Songkhla school assembly (Video)
By Coconuts Bangkok Feb 4, 2021 | 2:36pm Bangkok time
A Songkhla principal accused of sleeping with a freshman student brandished a handgun at a school assembly today, sending students scrambling.
Hundreds of students ran from the morning flag-raising assembly after Principal Sayan Chaleephol, freshly accused of having sex with a minor, pulled the gun out of his pants while addressing the student body in an incident caught on video. Just before he took out the weapon, Sayan, who had been discussing Thepha School’s mundane budget matters, began apologizing and asking for forgiveness from the students.
“I told them yesterday that I would make this matter be heard even more than what they did,” he said, though his meaning was unclear even to those present. There is silence after he puts the microphone down, after which a student is heard shouting “no, no, no!” as people begin to flee.
Students told reporters and the police that was the moment when Sayan, after turning his back to the crowd, faced them again with a gun in his waistband he then pulled out.
Thepha police arrived and removed Sayan from the school, which is located near the border with Pattani in Songkhla’s Thepha district.
- Principal Sayan Chaleephol was speaking to pupils at assembly on Thursday
- He started addressing claims he had been in a sexual relationship with a pupil
- The head teacher then pulled out a gun as pupils ran away screaming
- Teachers ushered him away and the school was closed for the day
PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 4 February 2021 | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 4 February 2021
A head teacher in Thailand pulled a gun out at morning assembly on Thursday as he addressed claims he had been sleeping with a 15-year-old pupil.
Principal Sayan Chaleephol, 60, caused children at the Thepha School in Songkhla province to flee screaming after he showed them the weapon.
Students had lined up to sing the national anthem and raise the flag when the head teacher started apologising over the accusations he had sex with the teenage girl.
After he announced the school’s agenda, the director pulled out the gun and showed it to hundreds of shocked students.
Mobile phone footage from a terrified teacher shows the moment the pupils fled in fear.
One of the students told local media: ‘The director was talking about budgets and financial details when all of a sudden he said “sorry, please forgive me”.’
The teacher then put away the microphone, unbuttoned his suit and pulled out a gun from a waist holster.
Terrified students screamed and ran away in different directions.
The teachers ushered the headmaster into a room so he could compose himself. There was announcement in the school that classes were closed for the day and that parents should come and take their children home.
Police said that the director had allegedly been having an affair with the girl since last year.
The girl’s parents allegedly knew about the affair and pressured him to stop seeing their daughter.
Local media reported that many people at the school knew about the relationship and the headmaster had become increasingly stressed about it.
Liutenant Colonel Thammarat Petchnongchum, Superintendent of Thepha Police Station, said: ‘Yesterday, there was a parent of a female student who reported to the investigator about the daughter’s relationship with the director.
‘They said they have recorded it happening daily as evidence.
‘It is still in the process of investigating the facts, waiting for the results of the examination of the children from the hospital and investigating the children together with a multidisciplinary team.
‘This teacher has been the school director for two years and staff and students say he is normally a good person without any problems and often talks to students in their free time. So all of the students and teachers were shocked that this had happened.’