PATHUM THANI — A 59-year-old math teacher faces disciplinary action after a video spread showing him smacking schoolgirls in front of the classroom.
Director of the Thammasat Khlongluang Withayakhom School in northern metro Bangkok said the teacher, Thanabodi Polrak, had good intentions when he slapped the ninth-graders Tuesday morning for repeatedly failing to turn in their homework.
“The teacher admitted he was caught up in momentary rage. He didn’t intend to use violence on the children,” school director Surachai Pinyocheep told reporters Thursday. “He used the wrong method of punishment, but his intention is for the kids to have [good] marks for their grades at the end of the semester.”