Four high school students fainted on Sunday in Siem Reap province while listening to the dharma about gratitude toward parents during Visak Bochea Day celebrations at Puok Pagoda, police said yesterday.
A Puok district police officer, who declined to be named, said the four fainted while attending the event with thousands of others.
“While listening to the monk offering advice, they fainted while overwhelmed by the dharma and feeling guilty and crying,” he said, adding that the four were then sent to the district referral hospital.
A police report identified the students as Chhean Kien, 17; Pav Sreynath, 18; Lay Liza, 18; and Pav Chanty, 17.
Puok High School director An Kimseng said that in addition to the dharma itself, the fainting resulted from the poor health of one of the students.
“I myself almost cried listening to the advice of the monk and some students were crying because they felt guilty toward their parents and had a strong feeling, so they fainted,” he said. “Those students have poor health conditions as well. One male student fainted in the past when queuing for the national anthem.”
Venerable Thai Savuth, an organiser of the event, said that after they received medication from the doctor, they got better.
“The doctor said the students were weak and did not have breakfast that morning,” he said. “That’s why they fainted while feeling sad about their families after listening to the monk’s advice.”
Venerable Savuth said that there were more than 3,600 people attending the event, including students and Buddhist followers in the district, as well as from Phnom Penh.