Teacher condemned for death wish

Top News | Angel Kwan 19 Sep 2019

The Education Bureau has served letters of condemnation to two teachers, including one from a secondary school, for misbehavior over the protests.

The bureau has been handling 58 cases of complaints in relation to the protests, it told The Standard's sister paper Sing Tao Daily.

Of the cases it has gone through, five were unsubstantiated while two had merit - prompting the bureau to issue condemnation letters. If the two commit another offense, their teacher registration could be revoked.

One letter is believed to have been sent to Alvin Tai Kin-fai, assistant principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Logos Academy.

Tai had written on Facebook that he wishes "the children of policemen who used violence die before they reach the age of seven, or die before 20 years old should they now be seven or older."

It is understood that Logos has arranged for Tai to work in another position during its investigation and has taken out an advert for a new assistant principal.

The bureau's action came as Baptist University students marched on its Kowloon Tong campus after president Roland Chin Tai-hong vowed to take action against those who smashed glass windows and vandalized a surveillance camera outside his office on Monday.

Chin sent a mass e-mail to Baptist staff, students and alumni earlier yesterday.

"Recent incidents of abusive behavior on our campus, both physical and verbal, are absolutely unacceptable and go against the collective aspirations of the HKBU community. We will not tolerate or recognize any forms of abuse and violence," he wrote.

About 60 students asked for a dialogue with Chin, who is abroad.

"The president did not show his sincerity to communicate with students," said Keith Fong Chun-yin, chairman of the Baptist student union. "I don't think students will face a fair trial [during discipline procedures] when the school has so much bias [against us]."

Acting president Clayton Mackenzie said Chin will be back next week and he promised to come up with a date for a dialogue.

Associate vice president Arthur Mak Fun-tat, who also met with the students, said: "I would urge police not to use excessive force and make excessive arrests.

"But for the vandalism on Monday, I cannot promise that the school would not do follow-up actions."

Meanwhile, Baptist journalism student So King-wah, arrested for possession of an offensive weapon after police found a knife in his backpack when he was covering protests for the university's Broadcast News Network this week, has been released on bail.

So said he used the knife to cut mooncakes and did not repack his bag before going out to work. He apologized to his family and friends for making them worry.

angel.kwan@singtaonewscorp.com

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