Official's tantrum at son's school costs him job
Updated: 2011-09-14 07:30
ZHENGZHOU - An official with the legislature in Xiangcheng city, Henan province, has been relieved of his post after allegedly causing an uproar at a middle school, media reported on Tuesday.
Liu Jianli, an official with the Xiangcheng people's congress, had been accused of driving into the premises of his son's school on Sept 6, and verbally insulting the school principal for nearly an hour.
He allegedly crashed his car into the school's playground, producing a loud noise, and condemned the school for failing to meet his earlier request to arrange a new seat for his near-sighted son.
Liu's behavior interrupted classes at the school and he refused to stop after the principal came out to persuade him to do so.
Liu finally ended his shouting spree when the leaders of the local education bureau and the people's congress arrived at the school.
Liu's acts created headlines in the province's newspapers after a video clip showing his shouting was released online the next day. The netizen who released the clip also claimed Liu created the wild scene after drinking heavily.
The city's Party committee, which held special meetings on this matter and concluded Liu was "doing an inappropriate thing at inappropriate time and place", decided to transfer him to another post and gave him a serious warning, according to Henan Business News.
Meanwhile, Liu was asked to make a public apology to the school's teaching staff and a self-criticism to the people's congress.
Officials with the city's publicity department could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Liu attracted a wave of criticism from Chinese netizens who suggested that his outrage over such a "trivial thing" might harm the image of public servants.
A source with the school told Henan Business News that Liu "showed an arrogant attitude and claimed he did not fear anyone".
Liu explained on Thursday that he just went to the school to "ask for a reply to his demand", because his request to move his seriously near-sighted son closer to the blackboard had long been neglected, according to the report.
He also said he did not expect what he was doing would be posted online and he had already reached an agreement with the school.