Woman admits attacking teacher who denied son recess in Hong Kong

Perhaps taking helicopter parenting a step too far, a 38-year-old woman admitted in court on Monday that she attacked her son’s teacher at the Kwun Tong Government Primary School last October.

The mother, surnamed Tse, confronted the teacher, surnamed Cheng, over the grievous crime of not allowing her son recess, Ming Pao reports (as translated by EJI).

She admits to slapping Cheng in the face around 10 times, as well as grabbing her arms and stamping on her foot. We wouldn’t be surprised if there was some hair pulling too.

Despite Cheng’s efforts to explain her decision and intervention from the school’s Deputy Principal and other staff, the assault reportedly left Cheng with pain in the back of her neck, swelling on her left forearm, bruises on her left calf and foot, and scratches on her lip.

On Monday, Tse plead guilty to “assault causing bodily harm” at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts. She was released on a cash bail of HKD5,000 and a surety bail of HKD2,000.

The court will hold a further hearing of the case on March 31.


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