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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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Battle lines drawn over teacher Alpais Lam's swearing at police

Protesters to descend on Alpais Lam's school as her backers launch petition to support her

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 6:38am
 

The government's attempts to end the controversy surrounding a teacher's swearing at police officers may fall on deaf ears.

Supporters of a radical pro-government group plan to protest next month when the school year starts, and the teacher's backers have launched a petition.

Patrick Ko Tat-pun, convenor for the Voice of Loving Hong Kong, said some of the group's supporters were dissatisfied with what they called a "lack of reflection" by Alpais Lam Wai-sze after she swore at the officers over their handling of a street dispute between Falun Gong supporters and pro-Beijing protesters.

They would hold a rally at the start of new academic year on September 2 outside Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, where Lam teaches.

"I think some of our supporters may have already applied to the police to hold a rally at the start of the new school year," Ko said on RTHK radio.

The school's board has issued a verbal warning to Lam, who has already apologised - though not to police - but Ko said she had shown "no sincerity to the police officers who she swore at".

Lam has said she will issue no more apologies.

Ko said: "If she remains unrepentant over what she has done, the school and the Education Bureau should seriously consider if she is still fit to be a teacher."

A video of the award-winning teacher swearing at police officers over their handling of the dispute between the Falun Gong and members of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association went viral online. A confrontation between her supporters and detractors in Mong Kok on August 4 stoked the controversy.

On Thursday, the school's management committee announced in a statement that the school "regretted" Lam's behaviour and that she would be penalised, without giving details. The statement came after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ordered the education minister to submit a report on Lam's case.

Lam said on her Facebook page on Friday a doctor had determined she was in no condition to teach. She said the warning the school had given her was very different from the one it had told the public she would receive.

Lam's supporters took to the streets in Mong Kok yesterday to collect signatures on a petition to back her up.

Speaking on the same RTHK programme, education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said: "The police should prevent or prohibit any back-to-school rally that would jeopardise the learning environment of students," he said. "They should also ensure the pupils' safety."

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hardhang
juvenile
henleyhk
I hope she sues you for libel!
hard times !
to English-speaking people,saying 'what the fxxk !' is commonplace .It is equal to saying, 'what the hell !' --------while expressing one's strong disapproval of a certain incident or event.Please consult the dictionary and other reference books before pointing your finger at others. Okay ?
henleyhk
Sounds like Mr Ko wishes he was still on the mainland during the cultural revolution. Personally, I can't think of a worse nightmare.
mercedes2233
Free speech does not mean absence of manners or ignoring others' dignity. The police on duty are not required to "defend the indefensible". They are only there carrying out their duties and should not have swear words hurled at them. Questions should be directed at the police headquarters which directed the police action, not the police on the ground. Police are "sensitive"? So is the teacher who now has insomnia. She deserves it, for behaving in such an appalling fashion. How people can defend such behavior on the grounds of "free speech" show the base mentality of these people. Go back to your forests while the rest of civilization try to cultivate a civil society.
mercedes2233
Maybe the police should sue her for libel for calling them XX and YY which they are not.
chuchu59
This case would have been dropped ages ago but for CY reigniting it through the request for a report on it from Eddie NG. Ms LAM''s school ,perhaps under pressure, also inflicted punishment on her. CY's motives are suspect as I tend to think he was trying to appease the Police instead of simply letting the issue die down. As for the Voice of Loving HK, I am not convinced they speak for me. I find them to be an obnoxious bunch and frankly, they have no monopoly on loving HK. Many of us do but in different ways I believe.
mercedes2233
The case cannot be dropped until the teacher apologizes to the police. You do not call other people names like that, whether or not there is free speech or whether the action is warranted or unwarranted. There are avenues to address grievances, and there are rules of civil and public behavior called 'courtesies'. If anybody is "obnoxious" in this event, it is that foul-mouthed person in an orange T-shirt. It was appalling behavior.

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