A video has gone viral on Chinese social media that is surely making Confucius roll over in his grave.
In the video, a teacher is seen criticizing a female student at the back of a classroom for having a bad attitude and bad manners. The girl rudely dismisses the teacher, causing the teacher to warn her that if she speaks like that to her again then she will hit her.
After hearing that, the girl doesn’t back down, instead standing up and trying provoke the teacher into slapping her in the face, which she finally succeeds at doing by calling her teacher “qipa” (奇葩). While that word’s original meaning is “an extremely beautiful or special flower,” in common usage now it has become an insult simply meaning “special.”
The student immediately strikes back by slapping her teacher in the face and a struggle ensues as other students rush in to try and tear the two apart.
Watch video of the incident below:
After watching the video, Chinese netizens have bemoaned the lack of respect that kids these days show to their teachers.
“To tell the truth, I think this girl got what was coming to her,” reads the top comment on one Weibo thread.
“Was this girl not pointing to her face asking to be hit? The teacher just complied with her wishes,” wrote another netizen.
“Hitting people is not right, but kids today lack proper education,” commented another.
While thousands of years of Confucian teaching have taught Chinese students to treat their teachers with respect, some students have been going off-book lately. Last year, a video went viral showing a group of middle school student ganging up on their teacher after he tried to choke one of their classmates. A month before that incident, two middle school students were also filmed beating their teacher up in a back alley, putting him in the hospital.
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