'We’re going to eat fried chicken at KFC': Classmates, teachers await return of boys trapped in Thai cave

USA TODAY | 7/9/2018 | Staff
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MAE SAI, Thailand — As operations to rescue the remaining members of a young soccer team and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand continued Monday, the classmates and teachers of some of them are preparing to help the youngsters return to ordinary life after their ordeal.

Kanet Pongsuwan, the principal of the nearby Mae Sai Prasitsart School — which six of the boys attend — said the rescued students will be eased back into the classroom.

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“We will not push them too hard on their studies,” he said, adding that extra tutoring will be given to allow the boys to catch up on their missed work. They won’t be required to take exams that were scheduled for next week, he added.

Kanet said the boys will be treated as disaster victims and will be given psychological evaluations and assistance after their ordeal.

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“We will treat them positively and not put the blame on them for anything,” he said. “They were the victims of a disaster.”

The Wild Boars soccer team of 12 boys ages 11 to 17 and their 25-year-old coach were stranded inside the massive Tham Luang cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province on June 23.

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Four of the boys were rescued in an operation Sunday and were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai, a city about 35 miles from the cave site. Four more boys were rescued Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, the identities of the rescued boys had not been released.

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Friends of the stranded boys said that they would do everything possible to help them readjust to normal life.

“When my friends are back, we will do everything as normal,” said Waranchit Kankaew, 14, a member of the Wild Boars who is good friends with three of the trapped players. “We will go to lunch together, we will play football together.”

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