Cannan Kindergarten is promising “severe disciplinary punishments” after being swamped with complaints about teachers and staff tossing school bags in a Mong Kok classroom.
School officials said they were “deeply shocked, irritated and heartbroken” after video footage of the incident went viral on the internet, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The 74-second clip shows several uniformed staff, presumably teachers or assistants, hurling bags from a top shelf to the floor and onto desks, instead of asking the schoolchildren to come over and collect them.
School bags are seen flying circus-style. No one was apparently hurt.
Furious parents took to social media to call out the school, saying the employees’ actions were dangerous and disrespectful.
They said they feared their children will pick up the bad example.
Cannan Kindergarten sent letters to parents, apologizing for the incident and stressing it disagrees with the conduct of the concerned staff.
It said it will review procedures across its campuses and promised severe punishment for offenders.
A woman, surnamed Ma, who has a grandson in the Mong Kok campus, said it might have been an isolated incident, not a schoolwide problem, according to Apple Daily.
But a parent, whose three-year-old daughter attends the kindergarten and recognized the teachers in the video, said there could have been serious injuries.
He plans to bring the matter to the Education Bureau and is not ruling out moving his daughter to another school.
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