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Two Phuket bad boys point to the place where they forced open a door

Phuket Runaways Spend Their Weekend at Skool

Sunday, January 20, 2013
PHUKET: Three runaway Phuket boys who broke into school didn't prise open the door to the computer room to gain some extra learning.

No, they decided to play computer games together. And to raid the school snack shop.

That was Saturday, and the boys apparently played computer games all night long at Phuket's Cherng Talay School.

Come Sunday at 11.30am one of the teachers who lives in accommodation at the school investigated the computer classroom . . . and caught the boys at their games.

The room was a bit smokey from the cigarettes and further investigation revealed the boys had broken into school shops for noodles and sweets.

The dressing down the teacher gave the boys had no effect, so the first teacher called in a second, and a third and a fourth.

The boys still showed not the slightest sign of saying sorry, not a hint of being contrite. So the teachers, by then numbering five, called in the police.

Yes, they told the officer, they hadbroken into the school room using a small knife. Yes, they had raided the snack shop. Yes, they just did it for fun.

Were they A students? Not exactly, but they were smart enough to use candles all night. Switching on the room light would have led to their discovery.

The police officer made them clean their mess, took them to Cherng Talay station, and made them call their parents to come to pick them up.

But with the three boys aged just 11, that was all the law allowed him to do.


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My every sympathy is with the teachers & the police who are hog tied. These boys needed a right good spanking!

Posted by Logic on January 20, 2013 22:18


It's about time parents were held accountable for the actions of their children. 11 year old burglars, 12 year old motorbike riders- come on, get a grip. But when we see how their parents behave they are hardly setting a good example.

Posted by Mister Ree on January 20, 2013 22:54

Editor Comment:

You mean ''some of them'' not ''they,'' Mister Ree.


If the law restricts intervention then the law should hold the parents liable for the actions of the children.

Posted by spiritrace on January 21, 2013 01:33


Student at my school in Phuket Town are wacked on a daily basis for having the wrong socks on. Cheating, telling lies and theft are acceptable and go unpunished.

Posted by SY on January 21, 2013 06:40


Unfortunately, their families are too poor to have computers at home...

Posted by J on January 21, 2013 09:39


There is an officially registered charity on Phuket called PCs4Kids collecting broken, old or unneeded PCs and laptops, repairing, updating and donating them to underpriviledged kids at schools.

The aim is however not to enable kids to play games on them but rather give them an opportunity to learn skills that enable them to get a better job in the future.

If anyone would like to donate old computer gear, Woody's Sandwich Shops in Patong and Chalong would be the place to drop such items off.

Posted by Jack on January 21, 2013 13:34


Come on these are only kids, I am not saying what they did was right but I agree adult law cannot apply to 11 year olds, nor logic. Best punishment is not to beat them but to take away their freedom by placing them in their bedroom apart from going to school maybe for a month (obviously they can leave the bedroom for toilet and washing) making sure they have books to read and no computer games. This is the closest punishment to what adults get by going to prison and they will still have the love and security of their parents as they will be at home. In regards to the snacks they took kids do not have the same understanding of money so as I imagine they have only a little money they are too young to work for repaying so the money should not have to be paid back.

Posted by Happy Farang on January 21, 2013 14:19

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