CUHKFAA Thomas Cheung Secondary School teacher allegedly arrested for solicitation of prostitution, investigation committee formed

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CUHKFAA Thomas Cheung Secondary School

15th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) A male teacher from CUHKFAA Thomas Cheung Secondary School in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong, was allegedly arrested for solicitation of prostitution while participating in a mainland China study tour organised by the Education Bureau. The Education Bureau, in response to inquiries, stated on the evening of 13th May that a member of the Wuhan study tour was “unable to return to Hong Kong with the group.”

However, in a response to inquiries last night (14th May), the school involved clarified that the teacher had returned to Hong Kong on Sunday morning, 12th May, one day later than originally planned. The school has established an investigation committee to follow up on the matter. It is known that the teacher returned to Hong Kong accompanied by Education Bureau personnel, but neither the Education Bureau nor the school has provided a direct response regarding whether the teacher was arrested for solicitation of prostitution.

The incident originated from a post on an online forum called “LIHKG” on Saturday, 11th May. The post claimed that a male teacher from a secondary school in Tin Shui Wai had been arrested by mainland Chinese authorities for solicitation of prostitution while participating in an Education Bureau study tour in Wuhan. The incident has generated widespread attention and discussion in various sectors of society. The school in question responded to inquiries from the media, stating that the teacher had returned to Hong Kong on the morning of 12th May (Sunday). The school expressed great concern over the incident and has reported the matter to its school council. They have also established an investigation committee to address the issue. The school is maintaining close contact with the Education Bureau to understand and handle the situation. At this stage, they are unable to provide further comments. A notice issued by the school two days ago (13th May) circulated online, stating that the teacher’s report submitted to refute the online allegations was “not an accurate representation.”

However, an individual claiming to be knowledgeable about the matter from the school clarified to the media that the teacher in question was taken away by mainland Chinese authorities while visiting a local foot massage parlour. This person emphasised that it was merely assistance in the investigation and that the teacher had returned to Hong Kong on Sunday, 12th May, accompanied by Education Bureau personnel, one day later than the study tour’s return date. The individual also stated that the claim circulating online that the teacher had been “administratively detained” for 14 days due to solicitation of prostitution is false. The Education Bureau and the school were criticised for not promptly clarifying the situation, which was deemed unfair to the teacher.