School director removed for wearing red

The Office of Basic Education Commission has ordered the immediate transfer of a school director from Ranong province to the office in Bangkok temporarily after about 100 people rallied in front of the school to protest against her for wearing red on Saturday.

Some 100 residents of Tambon Ratchakrud of Ranong’s Muang district rallied in front of Ratchaprachanukroh 38 school and laid a black wreath at the front gate of the school to protest against Mrs Panada Chanthawong, the newly-appointed director of the school.

The demonstrators claimed that Mrs Panada dressed very improperly by wearing red at a party held to welcome her for assuming the directorship while the rest of the people throughout the country were wearing black to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

They wanted her fired or removed to somewhere else.

Mrs Panada however defended that she wore red because she believed that red is a lucky colour for her and would bring her good fortunes. She nevertheless refused to resign.

On late Monday, the Office of Basic Education Commission issued an order transferring the director to the office on temporary basis.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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