B50k for schoolgirl who died after being ordered to run

Pavena Hongsakula, head of the Pavena Foundation for Children and Women (second right), visits Wat Thung Khru School in Thung Khru district, Bangkok on Tuesday with the family (left) of the schoolgirl who died after being ordered to run laps of the sports field. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)


The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration offered compensation of 50,000 baht to the family of an 11-year-old girl who died after being ordered to run laps during physical activity hour at a BMA school.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday that a physical education teacher at Wat Thung Khru School had ordered pupils to run four laps around the sports field, and the girl collapsed during the run.

The BMA had offered 50,000 baht as initial compensation to the girl's family, Pol Gen Aswin said.

The girl's father, Nathapol Wacharamonthien, went to the Thung Khru police station with Pavena Hongsakula, head of the Pavena Foundation for Children and Women, on Tuesday to follow up the investigation into the death.

Ms Pavena said the teacher had ordered pupils to begin running laps about 11am on Jan 23. The girl fell sick during the run and was treated in the school's nursing room until 2pm, when a teacher phoned the girl's father and asked him to pick her up. 

Mr Nathapol said when he arrived at the school his daughter was shaking and panting, unable to speak. She could only shake her head or nod. She died in a traffic jam on the way to hospital.

He insisted his daughter was healthy and active and had no chronic illness.

A deputy city clerk who was at the police station, Pichaya Nakwachara, denied reports the teacher ordered the run as punishment for students not paying attention in class.

Running was a normal part of physical activity hour at the school and the girl fainted after running two laps, he said.

He also cited Taksin Hospital as reporting it detected influenza B virus in the girl's nasal passage. The virus might have entered her blood stream and caused death, he said.

Pol Maj Gen Samrit Tongtao, commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 8, said the results of the autopsy on the girl's body were expected from Siriraj Hospital in 45 days. 

Origin: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1408462/b50k-for-schoolgirl-who-died-after-being-ordered-to-run
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