A kindergarten teacher has come under fire from the anti-Occupy Central camp for “brainwashing” children at Admiralty Centre which is near the Occupy Central protest site.
Chun Ho-yan has been conducting story-telling sessions including discussions with children on whether or not to accept elections where candidates are screened and whether the use of tear gas by the police is acceptable.
But the Methodist Church Hong Kong, which operates the kindergarten where Chun teaches, has jumped to her defense. It said it fully respects the political stance of its teacher and will not introduce any disciplinary punishment, Ming Pao Daily News reported Friday.
The Methodist Church said Chun’s school receives up to 70 nuisance calls each day. Some callers used abusive and foul language while others threatened to confront Chun at the kindergarten.
Rev Paul Kan, the head of the Methodist Church’s school education division, said in a statement that Hong Kong is a pluralistic society and the church respects teachers’ political inclination. It called for all parties to respect both the school and the teachers, so students and teachers can have classes in a safe and harmonious environment.
Chun said she decided to hold cartoon-based story-telling sessions for children in order to encourage independent thinking among them, hoping this would provide parents an opportunity to listen to the views of their sons and daughters.
She recalled hearing children shouting slogans at the protest site for universal suffrage and for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down. While she agrees with the messages, she is worried the children may not fully understand what is happening around them.
Chun has been attacked online, but a group of supporters have set up a Facebook page [Click here] for her. As of Thursday night, 41,000 fans have signed up in support of Chun.
[Chun Ho-yan's Facebook]
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