City officials are investigating why teachers at Pattaya School No. 9 not only didn’t report the rape of an 11-year-old student in a school restroom, but told the girl to forget it.
The mother of the victim reported the rape to police June 16, nearly a week after the girl was allegedly pushed into a bathroom stall by a 13-year-old classmate who then sexually assaulted her. The boy confessed to police he had relations with the girl, but claimed that she liked him and had invited him into the restroom. The boy has not been charged with any crime.
Police take a statement from the boy and his mother.
The girl’s relatives were not notified of the incident and only discovered the truth after an aunt, noticing the ashamed girl had been very depressed, coaxed the truth out of her.
The mother became incensed when they learn her daughter’s friends had reported the rape to a teacher who did nothing and that the girl herself told her own teacher, who instructed her to stay quiet and forget the matter.
When asked about the allegations, an unidentified male teacher brushed off questions, saying the school would “look into it” and urged reporters not to publicize the matter.
Once the news broke, however, Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon jumped into the fray, saying he would set up a committee to investigate the school’s response to the serious rape allegations.