Suspended For Facebook Post: Vietnamese Student Suspended For 1 Year After Posting Parody On Facebook

By on Jan 9, 2013 in Asia, Education, Internet, World Comments

An eighth-grade student in Vietnam has been suspended for Facebook post, several Vietnamese news sites reported on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

According to Thanh Nien News, Nguyen Thanh Vy of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Quang Nam Province‘s Tam Ky town has been suspended for one year after posting a parody in Facebook “insulting her school and teachers” and “distorting history.”

Reports said that Vy parodied a famous speech by Ho Chi Minh in 1946 which reads:

“All students! As we desire peace, we have made concessions. But the more concessions we make, the more the teachers press on, for they are bent on failing us once again. No, we would rather sacrifice all than be dismissed. Never shall we have to take the exam again. We have to stand up!”

Vy‘s parody on Facebook reads:

“All students, whether boy or girl, good or stupid, tall or short have to find ways to get good marks in the exam. Those who have health will use their health, those who have heads will use their heads. Those who have neither health or head have to copy or use cheat sheets.”

In her defense, Vy said that the post was just for fun. “It was just for fun and not to affect the exam, distort history, or insult teachers,” Vy was quoted as saying by the Thanh Nien News.

Apparently, the school was not amused. The school disciplinary committee approved the one-year suspension, the report said.

Vy‘s father, Nguyen Duy Van was shocked by the suspension, saying, “She is young and her thinking is immature. We are afraid it would traumatize her mind and jeopardize her future.”

Vietnam is a communist country which does not allow freedom of speech.

I think, the suspension is a little bit harsh. Do you think the student suspended for Facebook post deserved it?

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