Boy, 14, dies after he was forced to do 100 squat jumps in school punishment

A teenage schoolboy was found dead in his bed from heart failure two days after he was put through a gruelling punishment at school for not doing his homework.

Potay Suriyawt Jiwakanon, 13, was ordered to perform 100 squat jumps as punishment for not submitting homework at the public Thawarankun School in Samut Songkhram, Thailand.

He had been unwell and missed three days of class before the incident, but was still punished despite having a medical certificate that proved he had been ill.

A strict teacher refused to accept his excuse and made him perform the 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.

On September 4 he suddenly fell ill again and was left to fend for himself for the day as his parents had to go to work.

He was left at home that night with his younger brother, but in the morning on September 5 his distraught mum and dad discovered he had died overnight.

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.''

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