The problem of brawls between rival student gangs will be solved by sending them to Navy camps. “We'll soon put them straight” Admiral Graft Spree told Private Tye. “No more slouching about and ogling girls, well teach them to march and stand erect. Good, hard, military discipline will make men out of them. We'll also teach them to shoot properly and fire missiles, this should reduce their violent tendencies when they get out.”
The policy is endorsed by the police who say that rival student gang members should learn to love each other.
The real story according to the Bangkok Post:
The navy has rolled out a training model in which primary and high school students are required to attend army camps to address violence between feuding schools. Capt Virat Somchit, commander of the Royal Thai Navy's Naval Rating School for non-commissioned officers in Chon Buri's Sattahip district, said two camps are planned. The navy came up with the model in response to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's policy to curb brawls between students from rival institutes.
A source at the navy said the premier ordered the navy to devise the measure to help the government solve the long-standing issue. Earlier, the navy school briefed him on the plan that students involved with interschool fights should attend a two-week camp which could help ease their sense of hostility toward students of rival schools. The programme will be held jointly by the navy and the Education Ministry. Capt Virat said the camp aimed to instill good discipline, responsibility, compassion and virtues in students. The camps can be held both during school terms or the holidays.
Camp sites and military personnel will be prepared by the army. "We want parents to think of it as sending their children to a scout camp, only for a little longer and under the military's supervision," he said. Capt Virat said an assessment of camp activities will also be conducted, adding he believed the new model would help tackle the student brawl issue. The navy has finished drawing up the model which will go to navy chief Na Areenij for consideration, he added. Under the new model, Capt Virat said orderliness, virtues, leadership and patriotism will be stressed.
Also, schools can invite military personnel from army bases to lecture their students about discipline, which will enable the students to grow more acquainted with army authorities. Earlier, the navy and the Education Ministry conducted a camp on a trial basis for a group of vocational students who took part in interschool brawls.