Phuket Rajabhat University’s president insisted that a first year student ‘s death had nothing to do with a hazing ritual. She collapsed to cheerleading practice during a warm up run.
Hiran Prasarnkarn said at a media briefing on Friday, in the presence of other university executives, lecturers and staff, the university had expressed its deepest condolences to Phornphiphat Eaddam ‘s family.
The 19-year-old student at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences passed out on Wednesday while playing around the volleyball yard at the university about 7 pm. She was rushed to the intensive care unit at Vachira Phuket Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Thursday evening. The president of the university said that a fact-finding investigation would begin on her death.
According to Mr Hiran the university will investigate the case as a matter of urgency. The review panel includes university administrators and attorneys. Those found to be at fault in the death of the student will face disciplinary action. Mr Hiran added.
Deputy president of the university Noppadon Chanrawang said the run of the volleyball court was not part of a hazing practice for freshmen. It was to be organized in September for a Faculty sporting program that included a cheerleading contest.
The family of the dead student said they just wanted the facts about what happened. Khanong Eaddam, Phornphiphat ‘s father, said he was informed on Wednesday around 7 pm that his daughter had passed out and was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. During the 16 minute trip to the hospital her heart stopped beating. A physician performed CPR, and was admitted to the intensive care unit.
The family had been deeply saddened by the death of Nong Mint, he said. His daughter didn’t have a chronic condition. He had asked a doctor, who told him that his daughter was very exhausted, and this had led to heart failure. According to Mr. Khanong, Our family had already lodged a complaint with police at Muang. But the university, we ‘re not suing.