A letter praising the Chinese communist party was posted on the locker of a Richmond secondary student in an attempt to give him a “history lesson.”
The letter asks why the student, who had a slogan in support of the Hong Kong protestors on his locker, would “humiliate the communist party,” according to a translation by the Richmond News.
“Do you know how many Chinese people have sacrificed their lives for establishing the People’s Republic of China?” it continues.
The letter states that the proposed extradition law, which has been the subject of months-long protests in Hong Kong, was put forward because judges in Hong Kong are followers of Britain and let criminals get away without being punished.
A photo of the letter was posted on Facebook and Twitter by writer Henry Lam, resulting in an online backlash.
The letter states that without the communist party, there wouldn’t be a “new China,” and that Hong Kong would still be “trampled” under the British.
The letter calls Hongkongers “despicable and cowardly,” adding, “We treat you so well, you are still ungrateful.”
“The purpose of this letter isn’t to frighten you or intimidate you, we just want to give you a history lesson and let you know all the consequences,” it states.
School administrators have met with the students involved and their families; meanwhile, senior staff have met with all 10 secondary school principals about the incident, according to the school district spokesperson David Sadler.
Everyone is expected to follow the code of conduct and school administration works to provide a safe environment while managing any emergent situations, he added.
This incident follows an online uproar at Steveston-London secondary earlier this fall after a teacher showed trailers from a Chinese government film made to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as part of a Mandarin language class.