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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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Just four protesters call for teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze's suspension

Four activists wanting teacher suspended are outnumbered by police on first day of school

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 September, 2013, 8:41am

Police were prepared for the worst outside a Fanling primary school yesterday, but in the end just four protesters turned up to call for teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze to be suspended.

They say Lam set a bad example for pupils when she verbally abused police during a Mong Kok protest in July.

The group arrived just after the first bell of the school year and was greeted by officers and Education Bureau staff who feared a repeat of last month's clashes over Lam's behaviour. That was despite the cancellation of a larger, organised rally.

A spokesman for the protesters, using the alias Chiu Tsz-lung, said they wanted Lam to apologise to the officers she attacked in Mong Kok in July. Lam swore at the officers after accusing them of mishandling a clash between supporters and critics of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

Chiu claimed Lam was "suffering from a personality disorder" and demanded the Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood suspend her until she is well.

"We want the principal of Pui Ling to suspend Lam until she recovers from her disorder and issues a formal apology to the police in Mong Kok," said Chiu, adding that they were not seeking Lam's dismissal but for her to be disciplined.

"We are not targeting Lam personally … This is an issue of ethics and human character."

But most of the parents that the Post spoke to outside Pui Ling yesterday said they supported Lam. "She was just voicing her opinion," said one parent. "I think this has been greatly exaggerated and I hope everyone will just let this issue go."

Another parent said: "We're all human and everyone swears once in a while. I don't think there is any need for Lam to resign."

In a statement, principal Wendy Fung Man-yi said a crisis management group had been set up to deal with the issue. It was consulting parents, the bureau and other professional groups, she said, adding that teachers would discuss the issue with pupils in a "positive manner".

But a Primary Four pupil taught by Lam said her teacher should resign "because she used swear words". Lam, who is currently on leave, was quick to respond on RTHK. "Pupils have the right to express their feelings," Lam said. "I'm glad they're not saying good things about me just because I'm their teacher."

Lam also revealed that the saga had left her feeling so stressed that she had to take sleeping pills and was having nightmares. But she said the allegations that she suffered from a personality disorder amounted to "political persecution" and character assassination.

On her Facebook page yesterday, Lam said she was disappointed with the education sector for its "atmosphere of silence and weakness".

Chiu said he was not affiliated with any political party or a member of any pro-establishment group. He rejected a claim he had attended an event organised by staunch government supporters, the Voice of Loving Hong Kong.



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The protesters in the photo were obstructing the pavement and cycle track and presumably were summonsed for this offense?
So the only critics of this poor woman are four anonymous stooges and a child?
We should be telling these four idiots to F-off now that we've already told the police to.............it is not illegal in HK or anywhere for that matter to swear in public..........furthermore, the teacher was on her time off and not on teacher duty so she should not have to restrain herself from acting in whichever way she wanted against those aggressive policemen..................We should just leave it at that and let the teacher get on with her life.............it is not a crime or the end of the world just because we tell someone to F-off...............in fact, I think most HK'rs want to say the same to CY Leung and his administration..........
She was not telling someone to F-off, she threw a "DLLM" to a police officer. A woman shouting "DLLM" loudly and unabashedly is no ordinary woman, let alone she is a teacher. "DLLM" is much more nasty than "F-off". SCMP does not or cannot disclose more political background about her. A simple "F-off" wouldn't draw so many fires targeting at her.
I am not justifying these protesters. They are idiots who think they are fighting for justice, just like MS. Lam. They certainly do not belong to the pro-Beijing sect, which had been advised not to take action outside the school. That's why only four turned out.
Dai Muff
How naive you are. They certainly are united front. And anyone not decrying the big character posters, funeral wreaths, online threats, and other cultural revolution tactics used against Ms Lam while simultaneously decrying "assault with an offensive swear word" is almost certainly allied to them.
These 'protesters' should give their brain a rest!
For crying out aloud, dont these protesters understand that the more antics they use the greater the resistance. I, for one, meanwhile, would like to know what professions these 4 people are engaged in and call for their heads as they have shamed both their employers and their professions by taking part in these absurd acts.


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