School authorities spoke kindly to Chen Le and his mother Kong Lirong in their home, inviting him back to Huashan school.
October 29, 2009
XINJIANG–One week after Chen Le’s unceremonious expulsion from school for his faith, the Party Secretary of the High School Division and several other instructors and party members from the Huashan Middle School visited Chen Le in his home. In spite of “advising him to pursue his education somewhere else” in the document of expulsion they forced him to sign, they newly invited him to continue his education at Huashan School on Wednesday, October 28.
The Party Secretary was deeply concerned that pressure from the international community was “making trouble” for him, potentially jeopardizing his leading position in the party system. There was no mention of faith or religious affiliation in the entire discussion, but the school authorities did promise to fully investigate who leaked the information and copy of the document outside of the school. The Party Secretary and other leaders reportedly treated Chen Le very well, speaking kindly to him and his mother. The 17-year-old rejoined his fellow classmates the following day (October 29th. To catch up with the work he missed, Chen Le urged his instructors to offer supplementary training and tutorials outside of class hours to make up for the time lost. He plans to continue with his education and take the College Entrance Exam at the end of this academic year.
President of ChinaAid Bob Fu applauded the event. “We are very pleased that the school authorities responded favorably toward this young man and his education, and are thankful for the involvement of the international community, in pressing for action on Chen Le’s behalf. We respect the authority and leadership of the Party Secretary, and thank him for reversing the ruling of expulsion. We appreciate his kind invitation and willingness to not allow religious affiliation to be grounds for discrimination and expulsion. We hope that such cases will not recur in the future.”
ChinaAid thanks the international community for speaking on behalf of Chen Le to the school and party authorities. We encourage the Xinjiang school systems to refrain from using religious affiliation as grounds for discipline in education, and thank the Party Secretary for his willingness to permit Chen Le his education and his future.
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