School Kids in Thailand’s Private Schools: Haircut Checks and Bag Checks
There are numerous regulations students in Thailand are supposed to follow if they’re attending private school.
One of them is getting your hair cut and keeping it within “regulations”. In the Air Force we had this same thing, and since I was at a layed back Air Force Base (Hickam AFB, Hawaii) I didn’t need to worry about it that much. They weren’t that strict and one could push the envelope a bit and get away with it most times. I knew guys that used pins to keep their long hair up on the top of their head.
At a private school I taught at in Isaan there is a rule about haircuts. They are SERIOUS about haircuts. If you push your luck at this school you may well end up looking like this:
As you can see, they don’t mess around with guys, though with girls it may be worse they’ll just give you a BAD haircut there on the spot. One of my M4 (Mathyom 4) girls had the worst haircut I’ve ever seen after a run-in with the haircut butcher during inspection day. Everyone laughed and she was quite a sad little girl.
The other thing kids need to watch out for is the bag inspections. This is quite an interesting story…
Kids are told to put all their bags in a pile and they stand off to the side. The teachers then go through each and every bag looking for things the kids aren’t supposed to have. Cellphones, makeup, pornography…
The M1 class (13 year olds) was having their bags checked when the inspector stumbled upon something interesting to say the least. Inside one bag was a plastic bag with about 10 photos of girls interacting with animals (sex). I know our English department was shocked, but on a personal level I was horrified. HOW did these kids know about that stuff already? Didn’t that just happen in the last few years? I’ve only been aware of it for about 10 years. I was about 30 yrs old when I first saw something like that!
So, there was a joke in the office for the next couple days as we all tried to grasp the sickness of it. Oh, the student wasn’t a boy… yeah, a sweet little angel 13 year old!
Sorry, no pictures of the pornography though I DID see them.
Here’s a blog post about one of my own “Haircut Misadventures“