Primary school allegedly conducts ‘mock prison’ experience to teach students importance of abiding by the law

Alleged screengrabs of King Lam Catholic Primary School’s now-deleted Facebook post. Photo: Facebook/Jason Poon
Alleged screengrabs of King Lam Catholic Primary School’s now-deleted Facebook post. Photo: Facebook/Jason Poon

It’s not uncommon for students to have mock exams or interviews to prepare for the real thing.

But a “mock prison” experience? That seems a bit excessive to us, but it’s what one Hong Kong primary school allegedly did.

Political commentator Jason Poon recently shared what he said was a screengrab of a post from the Facebook account of King Lam Catholic Primary School showing photos of pupils sitting in what appears to be a make-believe jail cell.

The post states that the school conducted a “ ‘mock prison’ life education activity” for primary five and six students last Wednesday and Thursday.

“Through experiential activities and explanations, students are able to understand the importance of abiding by the law and following rules, and reflect on the impact of violating laws or rules,” the post reads. 

The post cannot currently be found on the school’s Facebook page. 

Coconuts has contacted the school to verify Poon’s claims but has not yet received a reply as of the time of writing.

In his post, Poon also questioned if this was an act of love or perversion.

“Two years later, do we need a ‘mock murder’, ‘mock death penalty’ and ‘mock funeral’?” he asked.

He also questioned if it is good to use fear to educate children who are not mentally  mature.

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