The Gansu middle school teacher who attracted outrage after photos of him allegedly demanding a kiss from female students before they received their diploma has been defended, by the very students he’s supposed to have exploited.
Tuqiao Middle School released the following statement (translation by Sinopathic):
From [other] photographs provided by the students of the scene, actions like shaking hands, bowing and hugging had also occurred at that time. The atmosphere of the proceedings was very pleasant, and there were male and female students present. The students are very angry with this rumor having placed things out of context.
Students also took to Weibo to defend the teacher, surnamed Zhang, from “online rumours”.
An official with the Linxia school board told reporters that if the kisses were “from the bottom of the heart” then there was no cause for investigation or punishment of Zhang.
Brilliantly echoing the societal campaign of the moment, students said those spreading these rumours online “should make a public apology to teacher Zhang and the students or else accept legal responsibility for their actions.”
While I’m happy that there was no creepy foul play at the Tuqiao school, can Zhang’s experience act as a lesson for his fellow teachers (one learned by teachers in the west long ago): don’t pose for creepy photos with pubescent girls that could be easily misconstrued by anyone taking them out of context.