The esteemed Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus School experienced a day of profound sorrow and reflection as they commemorated a beloved faculty member lost in a heartbreaking teen shooting incident. At precisely 8.30am, the hallowed halls echoed with somber tones as the remaining school community pulled together to remember their dear colleague. In the wake of this tragedy, the school is ramping up its already robust security measures to guarantee no recurrence.
Representing the faculty were two dedicated servants of the institution, Chanatsikarn Maneein, a distinguished figure in his role as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and Budget, and Lerthsak Chamkhlai, Assistant Director of Administration. Together they faced the media, their dignified expressions laden with the weight of their lost colleague.
Known affectionately within the school as Teacher Jeab, Sirada Sinprasert had an enduring career at the school stretching back to 1989. For an awe-inspiring 27 years, she had served with an unwavering dedication to the school, its proud students, and their parents. Her impactful contribution was deeply ingrained within the fabric of the school community, and her absence will be sorely felt.
Despite being wrought with grief, the school is springing into action to lend a helping hand during this bleak time. The combined forces of the school administration, the Parents Association, and the Alumni Association are pooling resources to alleviate the financial burden of funeral expenses. The accounting department is dutifully managing the collected funds, which will be transferred directly to the heartbroken parents of Teacher Jeab. Her tragic passing will hit hard, not least because she was the main provider for her cherished family as KhaoSod reported.
On the issue of school security, the stalwart Chanatsikarn reassured parents and faculty alike that the comprehensive screening process has always been strict. Immersed in a culture of safety, the school is exclusive to vehicles vetted with school stickers, and parents know to reunite with their children outside school premises. Lertsak expressed his wholehearted gratitude towards Jeab’s years of service, underlining the extent of her influence within the school and how greatly she will be missed.
“This incident has sent shockwaves through our community,” Lertsak admitted, “An event such as this should never have blighted our prestigious institution. Regarding security, we are backed by diligent local police from Thung Mahamek Station, who continue to collaborate with us and keep us apprised of the ongoing investigation.”
Lertsak shared that heightened security measures are now in place, checks are being carried out on all vehicles approaching the school, and stickers and QR codes are mandatory. These added protocols will be imposed from the crack of dawn at 6am, until the close of the school day at 5pm.
Recognising the emotional distress this incident has inflicted upon the school, professional help has been sought to aid the students in processing the trauma. “We need to openly acknowledge that this tragedy has sent ripples of fear and grief through the entire administrative, teaching, and student body. We are all in this together.”
As part of their commitment to safety for teachers and students, the school already boasts an extensive network of CCTV cameras. However, the security will be even tighter, with multiple police stations joining forces for operational excellence. “We won’t let what happened fade into obscurity,” vowed Lertsak, “We will strive to honour Jeab’s memory and ensure such a tragedy never ever unfolds within our school again.”