An image showing the Chinese characters for “dog’s fart”, written by a teacher who wanted to scold a student who had made several mistakes with his English homework, have circulated on social media, generating no small amount of controversy.
According to Modern Express, the post was published by web user named zq520m, who claimed that his nephew had been abused by his teacher after handing in substandard English homework.
During the reading comprehension section of the homework, the student failed to answer a single of the five questions correctly. The teacher highlighted the correct answers and wrote “dog’s fart” to express her dissatisfaction.
Soon after the school posted a response, saying that the teacher is a female English teacher with more than ten years of experience at Xuejia Middle School in Changzhou, Jiangsu province.
A school official did his best to explain away the teacher’s behaviour, stating that “the student doesn’t do well in English. His teacher had spent extra time helping him out. Perhaps she couldn’t hold back her anger when seeing the stupid mistake that he had made.”
School authorities also said that they will make an apology to the student and to his family. Netizens commenting on the story held mixed opinions. Some said that the foul remark might be a good motivator for the child, while others said that the teacher shouldn’t have used foul language and that would damage the teacher’s reputation.
No doubt the teacher was lucky that the student wasn’t older and a bit more angry. In March a 4th grader managed to hospitalize a teacher in Guangdong following a heated argument over incomplete homework.
By Lucy Liu
[Image via Modern Express]