The students kept this secret under wraps until the day was upon them and then with flourish and a fanfare they arrived to gasps and groans from within the crowd. Leading the march into the sports ground was Adolf Hitler replete with toothbrush moustache followed seconds later by his squad of rather effiminate SS guards with (toy or real) machine guns. Foreign parents and teachers reeled under the shock of the sheer bad taste of the exhibition and once again Thailand’s education system took a knock. Didn’t the students still know what the Swastika and Nazis represent? The answer is they clearly did not. Not even some of the Thai teachers.
As a result, a delegation from the consulates of Britain, the United States, France, and Germany today (Monday) went to the school to protest. They left after the school authorites said they had been kept in the dark over the students' plan and insisted that no offence was intended.
A foreign English language teacher at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Chiang Mai said: “It was all very embarrassing. Traditionally the students wear fancy dress on the summer sports day and they like to keep everything they are preparing quiet. Nobody saw any swastikas around the school before the event.
It’s not the first time this has happened in Thailand. In 2007 a director of Thewphaingarm School in Bangkok, Kanya Khemanan, was forced to apologise to the Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Centre after a similar incident in which 200 students dressed up as Nazis for the Summer Sports day, and strutted around Seig Heiling.