Letter From Bangkok

Forced haircuts in Thai school ignite debate over discipline

Students take part in a rally of the Bad Student movement at a school in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BANGKOK – In northern Thailand in February, dozens of students sat in a school assembly area as a teacher with a pair of scissors hovered over them.

He grabbed a fistful of hair from the back of a boy’s head and gave it a deep snip. He did it three more times in random areas, enough to leave the student with ghastly bald spots on an otherwise thick crown of hair.

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