A teacher lost his job after having a student publish an apology to him in a newspaper, triggering heated debate on Tuesday in Dalian. The apology, published on Monday as a classified ad in Dalian Evening News, said: "Teacher Liang, I am XXX. I apologize to you for what I did, I know I've hurt you. Please forgive me."
The sixth-grade student, said Liang was "a fool" while chatting with a student from Liang's class. Liang overheard the remark and demanded that child bring his parents to the school to apologize within two weeks. The parents found out too late and Liang would not then accept their apology. He insisted instead on a published letter of apology.
After investigating the incident, the Bureau of Education of Dalian's Ganjingzi district announced on Tuesday it was dissolving the employment contract with the teacher.
"If the teacher forced the student to publish the letter, I think the student is right to call him 'a fool'," said a netizen called 21pianluoye in a post on Sina weibo, the nation's largest micro-blogging website.