Date
20 September 2017
Education University of Hong Kong principal Stephen Cheung Yan-leung says the  comments have 'completely crossed the lines of all human reasoning'. Photo: HKEJ
Education University of Hong Kong principal Stephen Cheung Yan-leung says the comments have 'completely crossed the lines of all human reasoning'. Photo: HKEJ

Public condemns mean remarks on education official’s tragedy

Public outrage is pouring out over vicious comments posted on a wall of a school shortly after a son of Education Undersecretary Christine Choi Yuk-lin jumped to his death from the family home on Thursday morning.

Poon Hong-yan, Choi’s elder son, jumped from the family’s 41st floor flat at Sorrento in West Kowloon, police said. 

The comments surfaced on the “democracy wall” of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), hk01.com reports.

The messages were removed by school authorities who called them offensive and shameful.

EdUHK apologized to the victim’s family and urged students to respect others when expressing their views.

The school is investigating CCTV footage in order to find the persons responsible and will take take the necessary steps.

Principal Stephen Cheung Yan-leung said through a spokesperson that the events have “completely crossed the lines of all human reasoning”.

Cheung said that he has received a lot of comments from the public, expressing outrage over the incident.

It is not known whether or not people running the democracy board were involved but Cheung said they would investigate the events thoroughly and hand out the appropriate punishments.

Meanhwile, EdUHK warned students to obey the law and observe school policies when using the school’s facilities.

Also, the university students union reminded its members that vindictive and hurtful language is not allowed on the democracy board.

An Education Bureau spokesperson slammed the “inappropriate comments”, saying they have brought shame to their perpetrators and to the university.

It applauded the EdUHK for its swift action in taking down the messages.

Legislative councilor Ip Kin-yuen also expressed his disappointment at the events. He said despite holding different political views with Choi, he felt deeply for her loss.

Ho Hon-kuen, vice chairman of the pro-establishment Education Convergence, issued a statement to condemn the incident, saying that using “congratulations” when someone has died is a great disrespect to both the living and the deceased.

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