Vietnam school revokes suspension of student for Facebook entry

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A secondary school in Quang Nam Province has allowed an eighth-grade student to return to school Wednesday (January 16) after earlier suspending her for a year for a Facebook entry she made.

The disciplinary committee of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Tam Ky Town made the decision at a meeting Monday following requests by the youth unions of the school and An Xuan Ward, where Nguyen Thanh Vy lives.

The school said Vy would still be criticized in front of the whole school for an entry she called "Declaration of Students of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School," online newspaper VnExpress reported Tuesday.

Her post on December 17 last year "insulted her school and teachers" and "distorted history," the school management claimed.

According to Nguyen Tan Si, the school's principal, Vy and her family had to give an assurance that she would not repeat her action.

Vy also had to apologize.

Her post parodied President Ho Chi Minh's appeal to Vietnamese in 1946 to resist the French.

In one place it said: "All students! We desire peace; we have made concessions. But the more concessions we make, the more the teachers press on, for they are determined to fail us once again. No! We would rather sacrifice all than be dismissed. Never shall we have to take the exam again. We have to stand up!"

In another, "All students, whether boy or girl, good or stupid, fat, slim, tall or short, have to get good marks in the exam at any cost. Those who have health, use your health; those who have brain, use your brain. Those who have neither health nor brain have to copy or use cheat sheets. All have to make every effort to protest against teachers and education officials."

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Vy told the media last week: "I uploaded it for my friends to read it for fun. I didn't mean to disturb the first term exam, distort history, or insult teachers." 

The punishment was widely criticized for being too harsh, but Si insisted that it was "appropriate" and "conformed to [Ministry of Education and Training] regulations."

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