Vietnamese schoolgirl dismissed for Facebook entry

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Education authorities in a central Vietnamese province have dismissed an eighth-grade student for "insulting her school and teachers" and "distorting history" after she parodied President Ho Chi Minh's appeal for national resistance against the French in 1946 in her Facebook page.

Nguyen Thanh Vy of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Quang Nam Province's Tam Ky town would miss one year of school, Phap Luat Viet Nam (Vietnam law) newspaper quoted Tran Ngoc Son, head of the town Education and Training Agency, as saying.

He said her Facebook entry had distorted history and "seriously insulted" the teachers, and the measure taken against her would also be a deterrent for other students.

According to the school principal, Nguyen Tan Si, in December Vy posted a Facebook entry titled "Declaration of students of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School" in which she "criticized the first term exam and insulted the teachers."

In one place it said: "All students! As we desire peace, we have made concessions. But the more concessions we make, the more the teachers press on, for they are bent on failing 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!"

Another paragraph said: "All students, whether boy or girl, good or stupid, tall or short have to find ways to get good marks in the exam. Those who have health will use their health, those who have heads will use their heads. Those who have neither health or head have to copy or use cheat sheets.".

Vy said she saw the "students' declaration" on the Facebook page of a student called Hung Vo, changed the name of the school, and pasted it on her page.

"I saw many others copy it on their pages," Vy told news website VnExpress.

"It was just for fun and not to affect the exam, distort history, or insult teachers."

Her father Nguyen Duy Van said Vy was shocked by the dismissal.

"She is young and her thinking is immature. We are afraid it would traumatize her mind and jeopardize her future," he said.

Si claimed it caused a bad impact on many students.

The one-year suspension was approved by the school disciplinary committee and ward police station who voted on dismissing her for one week or for one year.

Si said Vy's family has engaged a lawyer to take up her case.

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