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Teacher accused of molesting student on tour bus during trip

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A male elementary school teacher was reportedly spotted hugging and kissing one of his female students on a tour bus during the graduation trip last November.

According to a United Evening News report, a tour guide surnamed Peng claimed that he accidentally photographed an elementary school teacher surnamed Chang kissing and hugging one of his female students in the back of the tour bus during the trip.

Peng said that he reported the case to the elementary school where Chang is employed, but the teacher only received two admonitions over the case and the school did not transfer him to different classes.

Pend said he was responsible for three sixth-grade classes in the elementary school during the graduation trip from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 last year. To make a video commemorating the trip, Peng said that he used his phone to photograph the interaction between teachers and students.

However, Peng said, Chang, who is a newly married 34-year-old, was discovered interacting intimately with his female student, hugging and kissing her in the last row of seats on the tour bus.

Peng said that he decided to report the case to the elementary school and the school subsequently held a gender equity education committee meeting.

However, the committee came to the conclusion that Chang's behaviors did not qualify as sexual harassment, and that it could only give Chang one demerit for inappropriate behavior.

The Teacher Review Committee, however, revoked the school's punishment and decided to punish Chang with only a warning, Peng said.

The principle of the elementary school eventually decided that the punishment was too light, so he gave Chang two admonitions, according to Peng.

Peng also said he recalled that a female student did not return to her room when it was really late at night and she told him that Chang was in the room with another female student, so he suspected that Chang's inappropriate behaviors might be more egregious than what he witnessed firsthand.

Female Student Being Transferred: School

The female student who was photographed having intimate interactions with Chang has been transferred to another class in the same school according to the request of her parents, a representative of the elementary school said.

When asked about Chang filing an appeal against its punishment, the school said that it is a personal matter for Chang to decide.

Chang said that the accusation was not true and he suspects that he was framed after having a dispute with the school principal over teaching methods.

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