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Boy killed after homemade gun goes off in class

Boy killed after homemade gun goes off in class

BANG BUA THONG: A 15-year-old boy was killed when a homemade pen gun went off accidentally in a classroom at a Nonthaburi school, in an incident that students and teachers initially tried to blame on a computer “explosion”.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 16 September 2022, 12:45PM


Medics administer CPR on an injured student following an incident inside a computer classroom at Wat Lad Pla Duk School in Nonthaburi yesterday (Sept 15) afternoon. The boy was later pronounced dead, and a classmate confessed to having accidentally discharged a homemade pen gun. Photo: supplied

Medics administer CPR on an injured student following an incident inside a computer classroom at Wat Lad Pla Duk School in Nonthaburi yesterday (Sept 15) afternoon. The boy was later pronounced dead, and a classmate confessed to having accidentally discharged a homemade pen gun. Photo: supplied

The incident took place yesterday afternoon (Sept 15) in a computer classroom at Wat Lad Pla Duk School in tambon Bang Rak Pattana of Bang Bua Thong district, said Pol Capt Saiyon Thongtha, a duty officer at the Bang Bua Thong police station.

The student, identified later as Noppasil Ngamsud, sustained serious injuries to his face including a wound about 3-4 centimetres deep near his left eyebrow. Medics who rushed to the scene administered CPR but were unable to save his life, reports the Bangkok Post.

The initial investigation focused on the new computers in the classroom after students and a teacher told police they had heard an explosion. The keyboard at the desk where Noppasil was sitting was damaged and some keycaps had gone flying. But officers could find no other signs of damage to any of the 10 computers.

Sasina Rakpan, a computer teacher, told police the explosion occurred around 1:30pm, shortly after a group of Matthayom Suksa 3 (Grade 9) students sat down for their class. She immediately ran to check and found one bloodied student lying unconscious. She asked other students to alert teachers to call police and rescue workers.

Kraiwit Methavoraphan, 15, who had been sitting next to the victim, said the explosion occurred about 10 minutes after Noppasil turned off his computer. He said he did not smell any burning odour or hear anything suspicious beforehand.

Kraiwit said the loud explosion left him with a ringing in his ears. Another classmate who had been sitting on the left side of the victim was hit by something and was slightly hurt, he said.

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Speculation about a computer explosion even prompted one reporter to contact the company that supplied the units the school had purchased. A spokesman said it was highly unlikely that a keyboard connected by a USB cable could cause the damage described.

However, Pol Col Phumthat Khositwanitpong, the deputy police chief of Nonthaburi, was not convinced by the statements given by teachers and students. He ordered investigators to check the wounds of the dead student and they found traces of a bullet that had struck his eye.

During subsequent questioning, one student later confessed that he had taken a homemade pen gun to school and it had discharged accidentally in the classroom, said a police source.

Paweena Ngamsud, the mother of the dead student, went to the school with two relatives. They burst into tears when seeing the body.

Ms Paweena, 35, said Noppasil was her only child, was good with computers and never caused any trouble to the family. He rarely stayed overnight at the houses of his friends. He often stayed with his grandmother in the house, said the tearful mother.

She said she was awaiting further information from forensic police regarding the death of her son.

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Kurt | 17 September 2022 - 09:36:36

Boy took gun 'accidentally'  to class, fired 'accidentally,  throw away in a canal near school',(see BP). Teacher 'accidentally' lied about what happend ( or is to dumb to understand what was happening), and instructed kids what to say to the police. Teaching denial/lying. "That is all", said Pol Col Prit ( see BP). Guess from now silence on this case, so it goes ...

JohnC | 17 September 2022 - 09:12:28

The truth is right there to read. The computer did it! Just like motorbikes kill people in this country, NOT stupid people killing themselves or others. The machines are out to get us!!

DeKaaskopp | 16 September 2022 - 17:01:47

"...another US kind of state...but here people are much less educated and so much more dangerous with guns "   Lol ! Looks like all the education doesn't help,seeing the weekly mass shootings in the US. Take a look at the statistics before coming up with such a stupid comparing.It just makes you look like missing some education too.

Capricornball | 16 September 2022 - 15:24:24

No word on the little a-hole that brought the pen gun to class? What a tragic event, all because of one miserable teenagers fascination with guns/weapons...a well known, but rarely admitted plague in this country. For guns to be mostly illegal, it is a weekly event that illegal guns are confiscated. Gun ownership here probably isn't much lower than in the USA.

Prab | 16 September 2022 - 13:39:08

this jungle is really getting worst day by say...wtf a 15 year old kid do with a gun at school? seems TH is becoming another US kind of state.. but here people are much less educated and so much more dangerous with guns.. and the teachers trying to cover up the accident is patetic to say the least.. so accidentally one kid can die out the blus in Thailand now days ..wtf 

 

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