A teenage schoolboy died of heart failure a day after he was forced to do 100 squat jumps as punishment for failing to submit his homework.
Potay Suriyawt Jiwakanon, 13, had been sick and skipped classes for three days before returning to the school in Samut Songkhram, Thailand.
Despite still feeling unwell, the boy arrived with a medical certificate from the doctor to prove that he had been under the weather.
However, his strict teacher at the public Thawaranukun School ordered him to do squat jumps as he had turned up without his homework on September 3, his heartbroken family said.
Potay struggled to finish the squats as he was still feeling weak while recovering from the bug.
Following the punishment, Potay suddenly fell ill again on September 4 and had to take care of himself because his parents were out for work.
He was left at home with his younger brother for the night until their parents arrived in the morning.
The devastated mum and dad found their son already dead when they went to check on him on the morning of September 5.
They called the emergency services but paramedics declared the boy dead when they arrived.
Doctors believe the lad died in his sleep due to cardiac malfunctions at around 3am, one hour before his parents arrived at home.
School administrators contacted the family on Tuesday this week to apologise and take responsibility for the tragedy.
The school said the teacher who allegedly punished the boy will be interviewed about the incident before taking legal action.
The boy’s uncle, Pramot Eiamsuksai, said the family is saddened that his nephew died unexpectedly over a small mistake.
He said: “The school agreed compensation for Potay’s death and they will take care of all the expenses related to it.
”I want this case to be an example, so other teachers do not punish their pupils as strongly as they did to my nephew.”
Last month, a student collapsed and died after allegedly being forced to run eight laps as punishment for making mistakes during cheerleading practice.
Phornphiphat Eaddam, 20, was taking part in the all-girls event on the volleyball court at the Phuket Ratchapat University in southern Thailand on August 19.
However, she reportedly made mistakes during the routine and was ordered to run eight laps of the court in the sweltering heat of more than 30C without any water.