High school vice principal forces students to eat trashed food

By Anh Tuan   April 22, 2022 | 04:23 am PT
High school vice principal forces students to eat trashed food
Four trash bins next to a wall. Illustration photo by Shutterstock
The vice principal of a high school in the southern province of Ca Mau forced two students to eat food that had been thrown into the trash bin.

News about the incident, which has been doing the rounds of social media since April 18, was confirmed Friday by Le Hoang Du, deputy director of the Ca Mau Department of Education and Training.

On April 18, Le Trung Dam, vice principal of the Phan Ngoc Hien High School, saw six 12th graders bring food into the classroom. Since the school forbids eating inside the classroom, Dam told the students to have their food in the schoolyard.

Two students went out the classroom and dumped their food, which was contained inside plastic bags, into the trash bin. A while later, when Dam saw that the two students had no food in their hands, he ordered them to dig it out of the trash bin and eat it in his presence.

Dam knew that the students had thrown their food in the trash bin, and yet forced them to eat it, which is unacceptable, said Du, adding that the vice principal has since apologized to the students and their parents.

A decision on disciplinary action against Dam will be taken after he meets with the department Friday, Du said.

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