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Isan university to dismiss 15 students over deadly hazing

Isan university to dismiss 15 students over deadly hazing

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI) will dismiss 15 students involved in a violent hazing ritual that resulted in the death of Padyos “Prem” Chonpakdi, a 19-year-old freshman.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 27 March 2022, 09:00AM


Phimphan Phetyim breaks down in tears during the cremation of her boyfriend, Padyos Chonpakdi, at Wat Noi in Nakhon Ratchasima on Mar 21. Padyos, 19, died after being beaten by a group of students during a hazing ritual on March 13. Photo: Bangkok Post / Supplied

Phimphan Phetyim breaks down in tears during the cremation of her boyfriend, Padyos Chonpakdi, at Wat Noi in Nakhon Ratchasima on Mar 21. Padyos, 19, died after being beaten by a group of students during a hazing ritual on March 13. Photo: Bangkok Post / Supplied

An investigation conducted by the university’s governing body had found 30 second-year students and 37 freshmen involved in the fatal ritual on March 13, RMUTI president, Assoc Prof Kosit Sreephuthorn, said on Saturday (Mar 26), reports Bangkok Post.

The university had resolved to dismiss 15 of the sophomores for organising the hazing and beating Padyos until he became unconscious. He died on the way to the hospital.

10 other senior students were found to have helped organise the event and forced first-year students to take off their clothes, crouch, crawl and put their heads on the ground, which led to injuries. Those 10 students’ exam results for the semester will not be valid, and they will receive an automatic W (withdrawal) grade.

Five other sophomores had 10 disciplinary points deducted, as they had been informed about the violent ritual in advance but failed to notify the university or their parents.

The university also imposed a 10-point deduction on 37 junior students for violating its regulations by supporting hazing activities.

The penalties took effect on Friday (Mar 25), and students can lodge an appeal within 15 days.

Assoc Prof Kosit said the dismissal of the 15 students was similar to an expulsion. They can seek to continue their studies in other institutions, based on their first-year results.

He stressed that the university’s disciplinary action is separate from any criminal penalties that might be imposed. So far, 32 students are facing various charges arising from the event.

“The university has been hurt by the incident. We accept the mistakes and will come up with a solution, which will serve as a future guideline,” he said.

DEADLY HAZING

On the night of March 13, a group of senior students took Padyos to the field on the pretence that they were going to play football, according to the ANTI SOTUS (Seniority Order Tradition Unity Spirit) Facebook group, which campaigns against hazing.

Instead, the gathering became a violent ritual in which Padyos was forced to drink alcohol and then beaten unconscious by the senior students.

On Tuesday (Mar 23), police pressed charges against a total of 32 RMUTI students for their roles in the incident.

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Seven have been charged with colluding in physical assault causing death and assault causing physical and mental harm. The other 25 are charged with bringing disgrace on junior students and violating communicable disease controls.

On Monday (Mar 21), relatives, friends, students, parents and lecturers bid a final farewell to Padyos, who was cremated at Wat Noi in Sikhiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Amornwut Singdanjaki, representing the university alumni, presented 400,000 baht in remedial donations from former students to the victim’s father, Ekachai Chonpakdi, 55.

Mr Ekachai reiterated that he would not accept the 500,000 baht compensation offer made by parents of the seven seniors charged with his son’s death. The matter would go to court.

He said the family would take his son’s ashes to his home province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

As for remedial measures, the university had informed him it would provide scholarships for his son’s girlfriend Phimphan Phetyim, who is two months pregnant, and for his young sister, now in Grade 4. The scholarships would enable to them to complete bachelor’s degrees.


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JohnC | 27 March 2022 - 09:28:23

They should be subjected to the same beating by the junior students while teachers and parents of the scum are made to stand and watch. Seriously, they are nothing more than oxygen thieves. Thailand and the world don't need these wastes of space and resources.

 

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