EDUCATION University (教育大學) says it does not want police to get involved even if the culprits who mocked Education Undersecretary Christine Choi Yuk-lin (蔡若蓮) over her son’s death eventually turn out to be its own students.
University president Stephen Cheung Yan-leung (張仁良) said it is possible the posters were put up by outsiders, adding that even if they are his students, he prefers that they be disciplined by the university.
Cheung said a disciplinary committee will process the case in a “fair and transparent” manner in the presence of student representatives and the names of the concerned students will not be disclosed.
He also rejected fears of possible adverse repercussions, saying: “Will one case of wrongdoing lead to the death penalty?”
The university has asked the media to stop circulating a leaked university video that shows two people putting up a banner ‘congratulating’ Choi on her son’s death on 7 September. It said it had already reported the leak to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.
Education University council chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang (馬時亨) told the same programme the case should be treated as an isolated incident and should not be used to judge students.
The university’s student union asked Cheung to apologise for the leaked security footage.
Meanwhile, a joint statement by 39 pro-establishment lawmakers condemned the posting of pro-independence banners and messages that mocked Choi at university campuses.
DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king (李慧琼) said freedom of speech has limits and that spreading ‘illegal messages’ only fuels conflict in society.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 19 September 2017)
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