The Beijing Haidian District Art Vocational School (北京市海淀区艺术职业学校) has found itself in the centre of a controversy when a video clip of several students abusing a 70-year teacher was circulated online on video sharing sites and enraged netizens across China, sparking a debate over the state of the morals of Chinese youths today. Angry netizens have overwhelmed the school’s website (now inaccessible) with comments, and hackers have blacked out the website.
The 5-minute video shot a week ago shows a boy with an earring approach his teacher to pull his cap off, and another student throwing a bottle at the teacher (which missed), while the rest of the students were laughing away or sleeping. The clip also included very colourful language from the students, eg., “That is a stupid c*nt. Kill him!” [那是一傻比，弄死他！]
EastSouthWestNorth tells us of the ensuing manhunt, started by netizens on the Tianya and MOP forums:
On the afternoon of May 26, a campaign began to identify these students. Both the Tianya and MOP forums started their human flesh search engines (人肉搜索引擎). At 6pm, a Tianya netizen noted that the blackhoard had the national flag of Uzbekistan with words of welcome for the friends from there. This netizen searched for visits by Uzbekistan groups and found about the staff of the Ubzekistan embassy being invited to visit the Art School in Haidian district, Beijing. Meanwhile another netizen had broken the passwode of the female student who posted the video and found many photographs and related information. The netizens were able to pinpoint a particular class in the Haidian Art School. In the evening of May 26, the names and telephone numbers of several students in the video were published.
This online rage soon spilled over to the real world when a group of netizens took it upon themselves to hunt down the students. They went down to the school and stopped a school bus that was taking some of the above-mentioned students home, demanding that they step out of the bus. The confrontation only ended when the school security guards came over and enabled the bus to leave.
In the meanwhile, Jiefang Daily reports that the 70-year old teacher Sun Xinmao (孙辛卯), who was hired in 2003 and is paid RMB40 per lesson, said the students have already apologised, and there was no need to pursue the matter. He says that he was only verbally abused by the students and remained physically unharmed, and added, “The education of students takes place over a process. Teachers should bear some responsibility if the students remains uneducated.” [学生的教育有一个过程。老师没有把学生教好，也是有责任的。]
*Image from EastSouthWestNorth.