Students and teachers wear black to protest principal of N. Taiwan school

Taoyuan City officials will meet Nov. 12 to discuss accusations leveled against high school principal

Protest at high school in Taoyuan.

Protest at high school in Taoyuan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hundreds of students and teachers turned up wearing black at a Taoyuan City school's anniversary party on Saturday (Nov. 2), echoing the student protests in Hong Kong.

The protesters accused the principal of Taoyuan Municipal Yang Ming Senior High School, Sung Ching-wei (宋慶瑋) of a list of infractions, including behaving in an authoritarian way and misusing school funds, CNA reported.

About 500 students and teachers dressed in black carrying banners and placards appeared at the school Saturday, demanding the replacement of the principal.

While the city government rejected claims of irregularities surrounding Sung’s appointment last year, it said it is looking into the latest allegations and will discuss them at a meeting scheduled for Nov. 12, according to CNA.

A controversial disciplinary measure reportedly initiated by Sung against a teacher has been withdrawn and the case considered closed. In addition, an opinion piece published online by the principal has been taken down even though it had not targeted any particular school or teacher, local education authorities said.