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01 September 2010 :: 17:09:41 pm 37281

School ‘Gang War’ Results in Death of Innocent 9-Year-Old

A violent confrontation between local Bangkok vocational schools on Wednesday has resulted in an innocent 9-year-old boy’s death after gunshots were fired at his school bus.
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Bangkok, the 1st of September 2010: Inter-school confrontations are a constant plague on Thailand’s education system, with Bangkok consistently being linked with numerous incidents of student ‘gang warfare’ erupting on school buses and at local shopping malls.

Wednesday’s incident involving the death of an innocent third-grader not involved in the confrontation, just aides in highlighting problematic youth gangs in the capital.

Allegedly, Jatuporn Ponpaka [9] was heading to school alone at the time of the violent attack on his school bus by up to 20 students from the Bangkapi School of Technology. The students had gathered to cause trouble with a ‘rival’ college, the Bangkok School of Industrial Technology.

Upon exiting the bus at his school on the eastern fringes of Bangkok, Master Ponpaka was shot twice as the group of youths emerged from an alley firing three shots at the bus. He was rushed to the hospital, were he later died of his injuries. Reportedly, the youths were attempting to attack a group of 6 students from the Bangkapi school also present on the bus.

Unbelievably the same group of youths hung around at the scene before hurling beer bottles and bricks at the next bus. Allegedly, a resultant police search of the two schools found several knives and other items hidden by the students in case of a rival attack.

Lt. Col. Prasit Taprasitjit of the Min Buri police station explained, “These two schools are located on the same road and are notorious for having problems and fights. We are still trying to identify the culprits.”

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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