Suspended for a Facebook post? Believe it, as an eighth-grade student in Vietnam learned the hard way after posting a parody of a speech by Ho Chi Minh.
In the same week that an activist was jailed for insulting Kuwait’s leader on Twitter, Nguyen Thanh Vy, 14, was suspended from school in Hanoi for a Facebook post.
School principal Nguyen Tan Si said the parody of the revolutionary leader's speech, in December, “had criticized the first term exam and insulted the teachers.”
Vietnam’s state-controlled media reported that Vy’s post borrowed from a famous 1946 speech by Ho Chi Minh appealing for resistance against French colonialists.
Minh’s original speech read:
“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!”
Meanwhile, Vy’s parody post read:
“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.”
A local official claimed that the student was suspended for her Facebook post because she had “distorted history and seriously insulted teachers.”
Speaking to Thanh Nien News, Vy’s father Nguyen Duy Van said his daughter had been shocked by the school’s action was shocked by the dismissal:
“She is young and her thinking is immature. We are afraid it would traumatize her mind and jeopardize her future.”