Three teenage boys have been arrested for teaming up for an attempted rape of a 4-year-old in a Pattaya-area school restroom.
A 16-year-old boy identified only as New was charged with trying to penetrate the kindergarten girl at the unnamed Banglamung District school Sept. 17. Two other boys, ages 14 and 18, were charged with facilitating the attack.
Former Social Development and Human Security Minister Paveena Hongsakula – who now heads the Paveena Foundation for Children and Women – was called into the case at Laem Chabang Hospital, where the girl was examined.
She called the assault on a 4-year-old by older students on school grounds unacceptable and said both the school and the Education Ministry needs to improve security, separate boys and girls toilets, install security cameras and hire a restroom minder to protect students.
The assault on the girl was noticed by her teacher when, during nap time, she noticed blood on the tyke’s underwear. In questioning by her mother and teachers, the girl said she was going to the restroom behind the classrooms when she was confronted by the three boys.
She said she was “stabbed” by one – confusing the pain of attempted intercourse with a knife – and screamed in pain. They then let her go. A check at the hospital confirmed the assault.
New was charged with sexual assault on a child and send to the Juvenile Detention Center while criminal cases were proceeding against the other two.