Music teacher forces students to repeat anti-Chen Chu chant in N. Taiwan

Music teacher in Taoyuan forces students to repeat slur against former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu

(Screenshot from video posted by Facebook group 我是中壢人)

(Screenshot from video posted by Facebook group 我是中壢人)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A high school music teacher is being investigated for violating administrative neutrality by discussing his political point of view in class and having his students recite insults against the former mayor of Kaohsiung.

A student from a high school in Taoyuan's Zhongli District took to Facebook yesterday to complain that his music teacher is always talking about politics in class. Yesterday, the student posted a video on the Facebook page iChungli (我是中壢人) showing a music teacher at the school criticizing former Kaohsiung Mayor and current Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) for "5,000 potholes" on the streets of the city.

The student complained that the teacher frequently shouts slogans and forces the students to sing in praise of the Kuomintang (KMT) and belittle the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying that the "people who listen to the DPP are idiots."

In the video, the teacher can be heard making the students chant "5,000 potholes [Kao]hsiung" and "5,000 potholes Chu," in reference to Chen Chu. During his election campaign for mayor of Kaohsiung, Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) criticized the 5,000 potholes which had surfaced after a heavy deluge last year and implied that they were the result of bad governance.

The student claimed that many classmates had endured political lectures for a long period of time. He said that an older classmate's parents had complained about the teacher to the school before, but nothing ever came of it.

The student alleges that the school was aware of these incidents, but swept it under the rug. He also claimed that the teacher did not always attend the class and had the deputy class leader report his attendance, even when he skipped the class.

The student felt that he had no recourse but to make the video public. In response, Taoyuan City Councilor Wang Hao-yu (王浩宇) said that he had known about the matter and pointed out that the teacher was suspected of violating administrative neutrality.

Wang said that he would ask the Ministry of Education to investigate the matter as soon as possible and asked the teacher to refrain from similar behavior in the future.

Netizens reacted with a number of incredulous comments:

"This kind of person can also be a teacher?"

"Is this what a teacher looks like?"

"So ridiculous."

"Typical of a person not suited to be a teacher."

"Amazing Zhongli."