Legal troubles mount for Bangkok kindergarten at center of abuse scandal

At left, Ornuma Plodprong and attorney Decha Kittiwitthayanun on Sunday at the Chaiyapruek Police Station. At right, parents of one abused child assault her at a Sept. 25 parent meeting at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School where scenes of abuse were shown. Images: Thai PBS, Nattramonkarn Limatibul / Facebook
At left, Ornuma Plodprong and attorney Decha Kittiwitthayanun on Sunday at the Chaiyapruek Police Station. At right, parents of one abused child assault her at a Sept. 25 parent meeting at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School where scenes of abuse were shown. Images: Thai PBS, Nattramonkarn Limatibul / Facebook

An abusive kindergarten caretaker has dropped her complaint against parents who assaulted her as a class-action lawsuit moves forward against the Bangkok school plagued by allegations of rampant child abuse. 

Parents Chanwit Noisuekying and Kancharinrat Singdechudom told reporters yesterday they paid 100-baht fines for assaulting Ornuma “Teacher Joom” Plodprong after she withdrew her legal threat against them. Trouble is mounting for the school, as parents preparing a class-action lawsuit say they are still gathering evidence. 

Parents sued for attacking Thai kindergarten abuser who hurt their child

Questions had been raised why Chanwit and Kancharinrat joined other parents at a police station where some took photos with Ornuma amid rumors some had decided to “forgive” her. Chanwit said those rumors are false as their legal complaint against her is still on. He said that filing criminal complaints against Ornuma was an individual decision.

He said their son, identified as Seu, showed signs of trauma Monday when he saw Ornuma, who has admitted to assault students due to “stress.”

The school will also forfeit tuition to affected parents, an education official said Monday, as well as install more security cameras, display teacher licenses and pay for the medical expenses of affected children.

The Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School has become a symbol of institutional abuse after a torrent of leaked clips exposed teachers and staff harming children emerged late last month.

So far, the police said 16 teachers and caretakers have been charged in response.

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