Paveena Hongsakul and the Chonburi provincial police chief attended a news conference after it emerged that a four year old was raped in the school toilets by three boys in Mathayom 2 (the second year of secondary).
There are suggestions that the boys may have been armed with a knife.
The school was named as Ban Thung Krat School in Bang Lamung.
Paveena – who heads a foundation for children and women that bears her name – called for an urgent review of the position and staffing of toilets used by young children at schools.
At the news conference was the 41 year old mother of the four year old. They were given the assumed names of Mo and Naen.
Mo said that on September 4th she got a call from teachers at the school where her daughter is in K1. They said there was blood on her underwear.
The child told her mum that she had been going to the toilet in lavatories at the rear of the school.
She said that there were three boys and they had a knife. Two boys held her while a third raped her.
Doctors confirmed that the little girl had been raped.
Chief Pol Maj-Gen Nanthachart Suphamonkhon said that three boys had been interviewed by police in the presence of social services and were in custody in a juvenile detention centre.
The knife that the little girl referred to may have in fact been the penis of one of the boys who has already been charged with rape.
The little girl has been reported as being terrified.
Paveena called for CCTV to be installed at school toilets and authorities to reassess the positioning of toilets for young children on school compounds.
She said staff should be present at toilets used by young children.
No comments were included in the Pattaya News story from staff at the school itself.
Times comment:- It’s hard to put into words the feelings that this story evokes. It is impossible to imagine the trauma that this little girl has suffered. What do you do with those lowlife who are responsible? Sadly, the obvious answers cannot be applied !