Police groups in HK write to Yuen Long school over teacher’s ‘spread of hatred’ against force amid protest tensions

09-Sep-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Four police groups have written to a school principal to complain about a member of staff who they claim spread hate towards the force and promoted bullying of officers’ children.

The letter, dated Friday, was copied to city leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung.

It named a teacher from Yuen Long Public Middle School Alumni Association Primary School, saying he had posted hate speech and personal information of police officers and their children on social media.

Tensions have risen between police and some Hong Kong residents, amid anger over perceived excessive use of force during anti-government demonstrations which have rocked the city for months. The force has complained of abuse by members of the public, and the use of doxxing, in which the personal details of officers and their families are shared online.

The four staff associations representing superintendents, inspectors, overseas inspectors and rank-and-file officers accused the teacher of promoting bullying.

“Teachers should serve as role models, but [his] spread of hatred and advocacy of bullying has seriously breached the professional code of ethics… he should be ashamed as a teacher,” the letter read.

The associations, whose respective chairmen signed the letter, attached four screenshots of what appeared to be the teacher’s Facebook and Instagram posts.

In one post, the teacher teased a parent who amended personal information filed to school by changing their occupation from police officer to insurance agent.

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“There is no need to worry, I am very professional,” the post read.

Another screenshot showed a post, which the teacher had shared, that included a photo of an officer and his family, including a wife and three children. The photo was pixellated to obscure the people’s faces, though it was unclear whether it had been obscured in the original post or edited by the associations.

The posts could no longer be found online.

The associations urged the principal to follow up on the teacher’s behaviour, and prevent him from influencing students, adding that schools should be free of politics.

The school said it would follow the case up seriously and release more information after a board meeting next week. The Post contacted the teacher for comment.

The Hong Kong Junior Police Officers Association last week also made an appeal to the education and labour bureaus for more support for officers’ children.

Its chair, Lam Chi-wai, said on Thursday last week that officers’ families had experienced many cases of teacher-encouraged bullying.

Yeung said his department noted the detrimental role of online messages that encourage people to bully the children of police or those with differing political views.



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