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Alpais Lam Wai-sze

Alpais Lam Wai-sze, a teacher at Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, sparked a protest in Mong Kok on August 4, 2013, after a viral video from July 14 showed her shouting profanity at police officers. In the clip, Lam was seen openly criticising the way the police were handling a confrontation between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association. Lam has taught for 18 years and won the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2010/2011 academic year.

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Government hit by more than 1,400 e-mails on Alpais Lam incident

Education minister says not to dwell on Alpais Lam incident and promises report

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 3:56am
 

Education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim said the government received more than 1,400 e-mailed inquiries and 150 phone calls about teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze swearing at police officers.

Most described her behaviour as unacceptable. Ng said 90 per cent of the 150 callers were critical of Lam's behaviour.

But he said the public should not dwell on the "individual and unfortunate incident".

He confirmed the bureau would compile a report on the incident for internal use once the Fanling school where Lam works had provided its own report.

Lam was shown in a YouTube video shouting abuse at police officers over their handling of a street dispute between supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and members of a Beijing-loyalist group, the Youth Care Association.

The video went viral, triggering a controversy that led to a chaotic clash between nearly 3,000 pro- and anti-Lam protesters in Mong Kok on August 4.

Last Sunday, in response to a question from an audience member at a forum in Tin Shui Wai, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he had asked the Education Bureau to file a report on Lam.

Ng said the Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood, where Lam works, had also received thousands of e-mails. He said he would not put pressure on the school and that the public should trust the established mechanism for handling such matters.

"It's important we let the school handle the issue according to existing mechanisms," he said, adding that the bureau would undertake further analysis after receiving the school's report.

"The public generally agrees that Lam's behaviour was unacceptable and inappropriate," Ng said. "The city has higher expectations of teachers than [those in] other professions. There is a clear standard on how they should behave."

Lam has apologised to colleagues, students and parents of pupils at the school, but not to police. A 59-year-old man last week filed a complaint to police about her behaviour, which the Mong Kok district crime squad is investigating.

Education sector lawmaker Ip Kim-yuen earlier criticised Leung's demand for a report as being "completely out of proportion".

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Dai Muff
I would have thought people would be more worried about teachers sexually molesting students than a teacher swearing on her day off. But that's just me.
megafun
she is off-duty, enjoying her own time.
Swearing is done by MOST HKers, so, if you have not sworn ever in your life, you can be critical, otherwise, "U have no right to cast that first stone".....quoted from some guy 2000 years ago.
henleyhk
This is intimidation pure and simple. Ms Lam was exercising her right to free speech as a private citizen in her own time. She was not at the demonstration to represent her school, her students or her profession. "There is a clear standard on how they should behave," Mr Ng? Then please publish it for us all to see. Is how Ms Lam should behave in her own time written into her contract of employment? If not, on what exactly has the CE asked you to report?
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" (Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her biography of Voltaire).
daily
What is the big F - deal about this?.............she is just a teacher on her own time and off from duty and even if she was on duty, there is no law that says we cannot say F-off to HK's policemen.............With the competency of HK's policemen these days, I am sure many people would want to tell them to F-off.............Rather than making a big fuss about this, the police force should reflect on why normal citizens would have to tell them to F-off in the first place............Such incompetent policemen............
mercedes2233
The police should have arrested her on the spot for interfering with police business, and thrown her into jail. Then we wouldn't have all this brouhaha. Freedom of speech aside, there has to be a law against disturbing the peace. You can't even have loud noises after 11 pm.

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