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    Teacher fired for running from quake school
    Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:57pm EDT
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese high school teacher has been fired and denounced by local media and Internet users for fleeing a classroom before his students during last month's devastating earthquake.

    Fan Meizhong, a Chinese-language teacher at a private high school in quake-ravaged Dujiangyan in southwest Sichuan province, has been branded "running Fan" on Internet chat-rooms and come under fire for defending his actions online in a lengthy post.

    The 8.0 magnitude earthquake on May 12 killed more than 70,000 people, including thousands of children at their desks in what many parents believe were shoddily made school buildings.

    "At such a life-or-death moment, I would only consider sacrificing my life for my daughter. I would not do it for anyone else, even my mother," Fan wrote on popular online portal Tianya.cn ( http:/www.tianya.cn ).

    "In a flash I felt it -- a big earthquake! Then I charged to the building's stairs," Fan said, adding that he was the first person to emerge from the school on to the soccer pitch.

    None of the children in his literature class died in the quake.

    China's education ministry confirmed that Fan had been dismissed, but said it was the school's decision and denied media reports that it had issued a special order demanding it. Fan said he had not ruled out suing the authorities over the decision.

    Fan's account has enraged China, as it struggles to rebuild damaged cities and provide housing for millions of victims displaced by the quake.

    "I know many teachers died protecting children during the earthquake... In this long essay, I can't see any 'person' here, I just see a big 'me'," a post in response to Fan's account said.

    Despite a massive outpouring of charity in the wake of the quake, Chinese bloggers have been quick to round on those deemed unsympathetic.

    Movie actress Sharon Stone drew scathing criticism late last month after suggesting that "karma" might have played a part in causing the earthquake after China's crackdown on unrest in ethnic Tibetan areas in March.
    Is it reasonable to expect someone to put their life before the children of other people simply because of their profession? Should a teacher be fired for not putting the children in their class at a higher priority than themselves?
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    I'd just like to comment on Sharon Stone real quick- that is the stupidest thing to say!

    As for your question, I don't think anyone should expect the person to put their life last nor punish them if they don't.

    IMO, though, I think it's the honorable thing to do. If that was me, I'd like to think my first reaction would be to help everyone else (especially children), not save myself- even if I have kids at home. Also, I think those people will blame anyone they can as this is an emotional time right now.
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    Yeah for the record I pretty much hate Sharon Stone. I think she's a twat.
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    OK my view is split.

    Logically, I don't expect my kids' teacher to die for them.

    From a mommy perspective, their teacher BETTER do everything that they can to ensure my children get out safely.

    My problem with what Running Fan did is that he didn't BOTHER to even escort the children. He just took off. Thank goodness none were killed. Hopefully they followed him. I just think that it IS part of their job as a teacher and someone who is responsible for the children to make sure the children are at least pointed in the right direction and equipped to get out.

    I would personally be outraged because he abandoned the kids. He didn't even tell them 'Quick! Follow Running Fan to safety!' from what I can tell. He just took off like there was a trophy waiting for him. That's the part that gets me.

    I really cannot blame the school for firing him, since obviously he is irresponsible where it comes to the children in his care. I know if I was a parent of a kid in that class, if he was still a teacher there my child would be moved out of that class immediately ANYWAY so they would probably be employing him for no reason since I doubt anyone wants their child in his charge.
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    I wonder if he at least yelled "come on" to them as he was hauling ass?? Or did he leave them scared and alone?
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    It looks like he just felt it and ran, from what he said. He didn't even try to tell the kids what to do.
    "In a flash I felt it -- a big earthquake! Then I charged to the building's stairs," Fan said, adding that he was the first person to emerge from the school on to the soccer pitch.
    I wonder how old the kids were in his class.
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    every teacher i have ever had has always said it is thier number priority to make sure we are takening care of. cause our parents left us in thier hands.. those are the teachers that love thier job and love children. thats the kinda teachers i want my son to have.. but do i expect my sons teachers to risk thier life to save his yes cause that is thier job to insure our kids are safe when danger arrives. but if he is old enough to take care of himself i would hope the teacher would help him if he is in trouble.
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    Every school system I have dealt with (my own schooling and now my childrens' schools) have it set as part of their disaster policy that the teacher gets ALL of their students out and THEN leaves themselves (escorting the students). When you choose to put yourself in the position of being in that sort of role, being responsible for others' children, you need to live up to that responsibility. The same is true of other dangerous situations - they are to assure all students have done what is necessary (be it get in a safe position for a tornado, get down and covered in an intruder lockdown, whatever) and THEN look to their own safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navywife85 View Post
    every teacher i have ever had has always said it is thier number priority to make sure we are takening care of. cause our parents left us in thier hands.. those are the teachers that love thier job and love children. thats the kinda teachers i want my son to have.. but do i expect my sons teachers to risk thier life to save his yes cause that is thier job to insure our kids are safe when danger arrives. but if he is old enough to take care of himself i would hope the teacher would help him if he is in trouble.
    Honestly, I wonder if the teacher who was watching over HIS children would have ran or stayed.

    As a teacher, it was his duty to stay in that room and make sure those kids were safe. In a moment of danger they have NO ONE to look to for guidance else than the teacher.

    But the fact of the matter is that in times like that is when you realize how much you care for others. Would you put yourself in danger for some one you dont know, just met, known for only a year and next year might not ever see?

    What he did was selfish, but human.
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    Would it be right for doctors to run away from a hospital and leave patients there if there was an earthquake there that hit??? NO!!!! Same thing at a school. They're job is to take care of those people IMO.
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