Assistant professor apologizes after physical attack on student
By Katherine Wei , The China Post
June 10, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
An assistant professor employed at Chinese Culture University yesterday apologized for physically attacking a student on Saturday.
The school held a conference regarding city-country developments on Saturday, in which the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, a large urban planning development at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, was one of the main subjects of discussion. Several students protesting against the aerotropolis project entered the conference room to voice their opinions, and were asked to leave the venue by school officials. The students continued shouting slogans that called for a hearing concerning the project and demanded that project examiner Chou Chih-lung (周志龍) comment on the issue, until an assistant professor and a secretary decided to deal with the students by force.
Surnamed Yu, the assistant professor was seen on tape dragging a protesting student out of the room with the help of the secretary. Chou slammed the student into a wall after he attempted to slip into the conference room once more, and the secretary was seen dragging the student on the floor by his hair.
The student taping these events was pushed to the floor after school officials realized his intentions.
After a day's silence, Yu held a press conference yesterday to "apologize for his actions."
"We have a certain degree of tolerance (for the students' protests), and allowed (the students) to complete voicing their opinions and demands. I mean...when I ask you to leave...you're supposed to leave, so our conference and our presentations can be carried out. So that the presenters can retain their rights," said Yu.
But in spite of his apology, Yu refused to admit that he had physically attacked the students. "I suppose it was because of our difference in size. I tried to block him slightly; he was caught off balance or something. I feel apologetic to him for this," Yu continued.
The said secretary has not made a public appearance after the video went viral on the internet.
The Humanistic Education Foundation yesterday slammed the university for tolerating violence on its campus and called for the assistant professor and the secretary to be punished. The school is protecting the accused professor by refusing to acknowledge that he had "physically hurt" the student in a Saturday press release, said the foundation.
The school stated that Yu was merely "keeping things in order."
The protesting students, in turn, have claimed that their actions were carried out in a public venue and stressed that they have not broken any laws. "We held up the signs and called out our slogans when the conference was paused for a short break," said one of the protesting students.