I really have to give it to this kid from a Causeway Bay school, who may have earned Hong Kong a prominent place in the annals of art vandalism. Two newspapers reported yesterday that the Form One student, while on a school trip to the Museum of Art to see the French Impressionism exhibition, decided he should direct his laser pointer at Edouard Manet's 1866 The Fifer, estimated to be worth $460 million. It is unclear whether the low-pulse infrared laser beam could damage the painting by causing a chemical reaction. A paper quoted a spokesman with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which runs the exhibition with the French government, claiming no damage was done because security guards immediately intervened and the light was of a weak intensity. There were no official reactions from the French consulate, though one imagines the diplomats might take a different view.