A Hong Kong secondary school has bucked the trend of avoiding classroom discussion of the city’s independence by holding a forum on the controversial topic. Around 50 people including 30 to 40 students attended the event at Munsang College in Kowloon City on Monday, school assistant principal Louis Lui Hang-sum said. It was organised by student leaders and guided by school management and liberal studies teachers. Those present included parents as well as unsuccessful Legislative Council candidate and alumnus Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Lui said the forum addressed how the idea of separating Hong Kong from the mainland came about and whether such a move was feasible. He added that, even though forum participants held different opinions, they were “respectful” of one another’s views. Seven to eight students spoke at the event, as did the principal, Lui, and a parent. The forum arose after a member of a localist group at the school, who was also present at the event, was asked to meet staff members after handing out independence-themed stickers. Pupils the Post spoke to said the event was “harmonious” and that students presented their views in a rational manner. A Form Four student who did not wish to be named said students presented a variety of ideas on independence but that most held conservative views. Separately, “Hong Kong independence” and “Hong Kong as a nation” were found written in Chinese on the exterior of TWGHs Kap Yan Directors’ College and TWGHs Ma Kam Chan Memorial Primary School in Sheung Shui. Police said the cases constituted criminal damage and that no arrests had been made so far. A concern group at the Sheung Shui secondary school focusing on Hong Kong’s future denied responsibility and condemned the vandalism. The group handed out flyers on Monday and earlier this month stopped handing out independence-themed leaflets after a student member was summoned to meet school authorities.