This is the most oddest and saddest news this week. A young 6 year old copied the hanging scene in “Sai Soke” and died. Actress Kwang Kamonchanok, who portrayed the scene in “Sai Soke” episode 11 is shocked and hopes other will use this case as an example to not let children watch lakorns that are rated PG-13 or R.
Nong Taen, a 6 year old at the Wang Ma Kingergarten in Nakhon Sawan province, role played the hanging scene in “Sai Soke” and was sent to Sawanpracharak Hospital where she later passed away. According to Taw her younger twin brother, Nong Taen took on the character of Yen in “Sai Soke” and accidentally hung herself just like the character. In the lakorn, Yen was saved by her love ones. For this young soul, it turned tragic.
Kwang:”I was very startled. I want to sent out my condolences because it is my lakjorn. When I learned of it, I was shocked. I thought aye did something like this really happened? I didn’t want to believe it. I still don’t understand why someone would leave children who are 6 years old alone, to play by themselves. Children who are 6 years old are still young. They don’t know any better. They don’t know how to distinguish between certain things yet. As for myself, I feel awful, like I said earlier, it’s my lakorn. When I’m on TV, I always say I don’t let my children watch lakorns without a guardian. Media of various sort–printed media, all lakorns, they all of ratings. If under 13 years old, you can’t watch. Or if they do watch, a guardian must be present. Because I have children I know that children around that age like to mimic. They don’t know what is wrong (don’t have a fully developed conscious yet), what is evil, what is good. We have to be careful to not let our children watch lakorns alone. If not, forbid them completely. ‘Sai Soke’ is a lakorn that airs after the news, in that case, children should be going to bed by then. Most importantly, all lakorns have a rating of 13+. For that reason, it clear that no children should be watching it.”
Kwang said her lakorns are usually about moral lessons. Do good, receive goodness.
“Right now, I can tell you that I feel disheartened with my work. Because every lakorn that I have acted in, every scene is extreme–there is slapping, hitting, arguing, killing, but nothing like this has every happened. In lakorns that I have acted in, they all teach a moral lesson. Take for example ‘Sai Soke’, it teaches about sin, about doing good, and to think always that when you do good, good things will happen for you. People who do evil, will have to accept the consequences. It teaches gratitude. There are many lessons from this lakorn.”
Again Kwang wanted to reiterate, parents should be cautious about what their children watch. She always defended the scene where her character ‘Yen’ attempted suicide by hanging.
“The scene where I attempted suicide by hanging, you don’t see me hanging myself. The camera zoomed to my face and then my dangling legs. You couldn’t see anything. Most importantly, ‘Yen’ didn’t die, she was saved. The people who saved her also instructed her not to do this again because it is not a good thing. As for the children, I don’t think they saw the scene completely, they probably had their own imagination, so they copied it. For this case, I want it to be used as an example for parents to NOT let their children watch or read media that are not appropriate for them. The lakorn ‘Sai Soke’ has a rating of PG-13, you should not let your children watch it. They made the ratings very clear.”