Rayong social workers are monitoring a Maptaput oil worker shamed on the Internet for allegedly caning his stepson.
Rayong Social Development and Human Stability employees and local police Sept. 17 examined wounds of the 16-year-old high school student who had posted photos of his injured back on the Facebook social-networking site, creating a media stir. Maj. Col. Virat Taechanant said he considered the wounds domestic violence, but Social Development case workers declared they were not serious enough to warrant arrest of the allegedly abusive stepfather.
Instead, Administrative Affairs Chief Sorawit Thongkhum and social worker Sathip Phuttanakul said they would begin monitoring the boy in case of further abuse.
Even after seeing this photo of abuse against a 16-year-old high school student by his stepfather, authorities refused to do anything about it, saying the matter is a domestic one.
The teenager told authorities his stepfather, Kompon Glaopo, has physically abused him and his kindergarten teacher mother repeatedly. The most recent attack occurred because the boy forgot his glasses at school. The stepfather took a stick and repeatedly beat him with it.
Unable to take any more abuse, the boy had a friend photograph the wounds and post them to Facebook, hoping he’d get relief. The boy certainly didn’t expect social workers to simply turn him back over to his abusive parent with the advice that parents and children should talk about any disputes they have.