An elite girls’ school in Hong Kong has apologised for calling police to stop Form Six pupils from taking farewell photos at the campus gate last month in an incident that sparked outrage. In a statement posted on its website on Monday, St Paul’s Secondary School in Happy Valley also pledged to evaluate future arrangements. “The school would like to extend our apology to all stakeholders who might be troubled and disturbed by the captioned incident,” it said. “We will also thoroughly evaluate future arrangements for various student activities to ensure that they can be conducted smoothly. Moreover, the teacher involved would deeply apologise for the hasty decision in calling the police.” On February 28, the final school day for Form Six students before an upcoming public exam, some girls took photos around and outside their campus as reminders of their time at St Paul’s. But a teacher then called police to stop some girls from taking photos at the gate. The school later explained that the teacher called the force “out of concern for the pupils’ safety”. The school’s response angered parents and pupils. At least 13 complaints were lodged with the Education Bureau within one day. Moreover, the teacher involved would deeply apologise for the hasty decision in calling the police St Paul’s Secondary School statement Some parents sent a letter to education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, demanding that the teachers involved be punished. “I feel very shocked and angry about the incident,” the parents’ letter template read. “Teachers are supposed to nurture talents … But now they are repressing students with their authority.” In a conciliatory gesture , the school opened the campus for photo-taking opportunities for the Form Six girls for two hours one afternoon last week. But the students snubbed the open day . A Form Two student even said her teacher told her not to fully believe media articles on the incident because “the reports might be different from what actually happened”.