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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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Protesters call for suspension of teacher Alpais Lam

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 2:34pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 5:34pm

A small group of protesters arrived at a Fanling primary school on Monday morning to petition for the suspension of teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze, claiming she had set a bad example for students after swearing at police during a protest in July.

The four-man group arrived shortly after the first bell of the school year went off, amid a heavy police presence and support staff from the Education Bureau. Potential clashes were expected between Lam’s supporters and detractors.

A representative for the group, who only referred to himself by the alias “Chiu Tsz-long”, said the group was calling for Lam to apologise to police officers that she verbally abused in Mongkok in July after accusing them of mishandling a clash between supporters and critics of the Falun Gong. A video of the feud went viral over the internet.

Chiu said Lam was “suffering from a personality disorder” and demanded her school, Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood, suspend her until she recovered from it.

“We want the principal of Pui Ling to suspend Lam until she recovers from her personality disorder and issues a formal apology to the police in Mongkok,” said Chiu, stressing that the group was not asking for her to be sacked. “We are not targeting Lam personally … This is an issue of ethics and human character.”

But most parents of Pui Ling students did not see a problem with Lam’s actions.

“Ms Lam was just voicing an opinion just like anyone has the right to in Hong Kong,” said one parent, surnamed Yuen, whose daughter enters primary three at the school this year. “I think this has been exaggerated. I hope everyone will just let this issue go and think about the students’ well-being.”

Another parent surnamed So, said: “We are all human. I can accept this because everyone swears once in a while. I don’t think there is a need for Lam to resign.” Other parents said Lam was a good teacher.

Chiu, who claimed to be neither political nor party-affiliated, slammed the pan-democrats for pushing him to issue the petition and called the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union the “devil”. The union recently criticised Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s decision to launch an investigation into Lam.

Chiu denied a reporter’s allegation that he was seen at a recent event organised by pro-government group Voice of Loving Hong Kong.

Police confirmed on Friday that they had received applications from two “radically pro-establishment” groups, to rally outside the school on Monday. The protest was cancelled on Sunday and a petition was organised instead.

In a statement, school principal Wendy Fung Man-yi said a crisis management group had been formed in the last week to deal with the issue. She said the group was consulting with parents, the Education Bureau and other professional groups.

Fung said the teachers would discuss the issue with students in a “positive manner” and that it would provide “valuable life experience”. She urged the public to let students get on with their normal school lives.

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hard times !
ignore these four so-called protesters who are too free to stage such a meaningless act outside the school where Ms Lam teaches ! It could only disturb the operation of the school concerned.I think these guys should be arrested for disturbing public order and illegal gathering outside Pui Ling School in Fanling, N.T. !
andao
Ahh, good to see the Cultural Revolution is alive and well. Red Guard Chiu's family must be so proud.
Sugelanren
Come on SCMP - lets see some investigative journalism. Who are these protesters? Who is paying them? What are their political motives? - or did their employers give them time off to protest? Is it being funded from across the Border? (or is this the type of investigation which is not encouraged at SCMP)
taoscmplogin
I find all the hypocrisy in this incident so appalling. If a student swears at a teacher, isn't it an open and shut case of disciplinary action needed? If it was reversed with the police officer swearing at the teacher caught on footage, won't there be people screaming for disciplinary action as well?
Those who make all sorts of excuses for letting this teacher off is just as bad as those who get away with wrongdoing just because they're "politically" connected. It's not a political mealticket for anyone.
blue
Free speech is protected by the Basic Law, so this is pretty much an open and shut case. Neither the government nor the school can do much about it. Anti-Lam protest groups are also free to use their free speech and protest, but the majority of parents support Lam.
daily
The parents who are doing the protesting are the ones with the disorder.............all the teacher did was swear at a policeman during her time off duty...............she probably picked it up from the students at her school.........rather than dismiss the teacher, get rid of the students too cause I certainly hear the teens these days swear even more than the teachers...............
Hollander323
Has Ms Lam ever made her apology to the policeman she cursed? No! She is still claiming on her blog that she would not do so because People's Power is on her side. When the group announced they would not protest outside the school even the Police does not object, Ms Lam again said on her blog that People's Power has won! Any person who has common sense can judge the present mentality of Ms Lam! She still thinks she has not done any thing wrong and she is just a victim of the persecution by the opposite political party and the police! In my opinion, those comments posted by readers here in support of Ms Lam are actually setting a wrong standard for our younger generations.With this I have great problem teaching my kids right from wrong simply because they cannot tell black from white! Let us be very careful, politicians are wicked minded!
Dai Muff
I would teach my kids to stand up against unfairness even at the cost of swearing. And I am tired of the police giving the Youth Care Association freedom to bully as much as it likes.
redkim
Re: blue: Majority? I don't think so~ if you are a real parent... you would never teach your childern in such way... I am pretty sure!!!
Hollander323
If and only if your kids are wise enough to judge by himself what is actually fair and unfair, rather than being told by a third party which should include their parents!

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