Thanapat Anakesri, a 69-year-old former Marine, confronted Suthat Kosayamat, also 69, at the end of the event, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 24, the Daily Mail reported.
Following an evening of eating, drinking, and reminiscing, Anakesri reminded his former tormentor of how when they were both 16 years old, he suffered at the hands of the alleged bully. The former naval officer reportedly pressed Kosayamat, a tailor, to recall the childhood bullying and apologize.
The Mirror reported that Kosayamat refused to say he was sorry, so Anakesri then allegedly pulled a handgun, pointed it at his former classmate, and fired. Kosayamat was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Tuean Klakang, the class of 1966 president who organized the event, was cited by the Metro as telling police Anakesri would often complain about Kosayamat’s alleged bullying. He added he did not believe the grudge was serious enough to escalate into a shooting.
“Thanapat [Anakesri] would get drunk then often talk about how angry he was about being bullied by Suthat [Kosayamat],” Klakang said, according to the Metro. “He never forgot about it.”
“But as these things happened such a long time ago, I would never have imagined that he would have killed his friend like this. We are all shocked by it.”
Police Captain Sombat Somboondee was cited by the Daily Mail as saying a manhunt has been launched for Anakesri, who fled the scene after the shooting and is believed to be hiding in a neighboring province.
According to the Mirror, the Ang Thong Provincial Court has issued an arrest warrant for Anakesri on charges of murder.
Bully Chokes Middle Schooler, Causing Permanent Brain Damage, Lawsuit Alleges
The Thailand shooting incident follows the case of a middle school student in California who was left with severe brain and spine injuries after another student allegedly choked him.
The incident involved a 12-year-old victim and a 14-year-old student. The 14-year-old allegedly shoved the other student against a wall in a stranglehold at the Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, according to a lawsuit filing cited in reports.
“The violent choking attack caused significant permanent neurological and physical injury and emotional terror to a completely vulnerable child who was betrayed by the school entrusted to protect him,” the lawsuit said, reported the New York Daily News.
Video footage of the incident was obtained by TMZ, showing the older boy grabbing the smaller student by the backpack. Other students are seen standing around the melee.
A school worker appears in the video and looks to see the incident unfolding. However, when the larger boy moves away, she apparently did nothing.
“As plaintiff grasped for his last breath, defendant staff member Doe 1 callously walks away without offering any aid or assistance. Plaintiff was then left to drift in and out of consciousness and suffer from seizures for a significant amount of time,” the 19-page lawsuit said.
According to the Daily News, citing the suit, the larger boy pulls up the smaller boy and walks him to a water fountain. The victim is said to have suffered a seizure and was foaming at the mouth.
California woman sues school district claiming her son was left with permanent brain and spinal injuries after another student choked him during a bullying incident last year. https://t.co/NZ7qoZUFIh
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The complaint said that he was passed out after being carried by a staffer and placed on the floor. Paramedics were called 20 minutes later, the suit alleged.
The boy is suing the school for negligence.
Footage of the incident can be seen below (Warning: graphic):
A spokesperson for Green Dot told KABC: “Green Dot is committed to working to ensure all our students receive a quality education in a safe environment where they can learn and grow. We are naturally concerned by the incident portrayed in media coverage.”
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.