Two grade school students were blindfolded and handcuffed by teachers after the two were caught ripping paper in class, the Daily Mail reports.
The pupils, who were both five years old, were bound by teachers with paper and blue tape as a form of punishment. The incident happened in Surin, Thailand.
The two students were tied up and humiliated in front of their appalled classmates. The teachers put a piece of paper over their eyes and then put the blue tape over them to keep the paper in place.
The photos of the two bound girls were taken by another teacher who was appalled by what was witnessed. The photos were immediately sent to the students’ corresponding parents earlier this week.
The school responded to the leakage of the photos. The headmaster chose to defend the actions of the teachers, saying that it was an effective way to teach those two girls how to concentrate.
Parents are confused and angry because the girls were punished for a simple and inoffensive thing. One father contacted the police and demanded that the two teachers pay the two girls a total of $1,000.
According to Daily Mail, one of the fathers said, “The teacher who gave me the pictures told me that the other teachers had punished my daughter and friend by strapping their hands together then he blindfolded them.
“We think that another girl was hit but we don’t have a picture of this. The children were just playing with the paper and they ripped it. The teachers said they had done something wrong and punished them like this.
“They said “close your eyes” and then they put white paper and blue Scotch tape to cover their eyes. Then another layer and bound their hands together.
“The teacher who found them said the girls were crying, trembling and sobbing terribly. I fear that I will have to send to the police. The teachers threatened them and both were frightened and did not know what else to do.”
A meeting was held on Thursday to discuss the incident. The headmaster, the parents, the two female teachers, and the local police all attended the meeting.
By the end of the meeting, the teachers had agreed to pay $500 compensation to each girl.
The girls are now in the process of transferring schools.
Narong Meuanchart, deputy education department chief, said that a committee has been formed to investigate further the abuse, which means that the two teachers can face more punishments for what they did.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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