Plea to give arrested boy second chance

Top News | Stella Wong 27 Aug 2019

A vice principal has pleaded for a 12-year-old student arrested in the Tsuen Wan chaos a second chance by society.

Police yesterday confirmed that the incoming Secondary One student was among those arrested on Sunday - the youngest protester held so far in the extradition bill saga.

Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School vice principal Kwan Kwok-hong said the boy had been participating in the pre-secondary school program since the middle of the month.

The boy was last night released on police bail accompanied by his father and lawyer.

The school is offering assistance to the family through its social worker, while also providing counseling to his classmates in the program.

Kwan worried about the boy's personal safety, adding he might be feeling scared after his arrest.

He hopes society can "give him a chance," saying the boy is not mature enough.

"I hope he can be allowed to go to school and we will be the ones who will teach him," he said.

Kwan also hopes the boy can be released before tomorrow as the school will allocate the new students into different classes and meet their class teachers and classmates. Asked if the boy may not be able to continue his studies this year if police charge him, Kwan said the school does not have a contingency plan but he believes police and the court will allow him bail because of his young age.

Ng Po-shing, Hok Yau Club's student guidance consultant, said schools should allow students to express their feelings and opinions on recent events under teachers' guidance, instead of pretending nothing had happened. Lennon walls could be set up on the campus.

"It is important to let students feel that no matter what they have done outside, once they are back to school, they will be safe and cared for by others."

Schools should also observe students' behavior.

"Some students, especially the younger ones, take actions with passion without understanding the possible consequences," he said. "It is important for them to understand the consequences beforehand."

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