Hong Kong teacher suspended over improper text messages to Primary Six graduate

The man is accused of texting the girl words like ‘I love you’ and ‘You are my goddess’ via phone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 8:35am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 5:09pm

A senior teacher from a primary school in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, has been suspended after he was accused of sending inappropriate phone text messages to a female pupil.

On Wednesday night, a police spokesman said the girl’s mother had filed a report against the teacher on the same day. A district investigation team is on the case.

The teacher from Buddhist Chan Wing Kan Memorial School on Lam Hau Tsuen Road allegedly sent Whatsapp messages such as “I love you”, “You are my goddess” and “Miss you much” to the Primary Six girl who has just graduated.

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Images of the messages have been reportedly circulating online.

The teacher was also accused of approaching the girl near her home.

The Hong Kong Buddhist Association, the body that runs the school, stated in a notice that the teacher had been suspended. A panel comprising the association’s academic affairs consultants and the school principal was set up to launch a probe.

A school spokesman told media the case would be reported to the Education Bureau and the Council on Professional Conduct in Education.

The school principal had met the girl’s elder sister and the teacher in a meeting, but the pupil’s family had rejected the teacher’s explanation for his actions, according to sources.

Police said on Wednesday the school was contacted after authorities received the report. Officers are classifying the case as “request for police investigation”.

The Education Bureau said it was following up on the matter and that it attached great importance to the professional conduct of teachers.