Former classmates apologize for bullying after 33 years at reunion

A senior high school teacher recently teamed up with former classmate Chen Fong-chi in tracking down their elementary schoolmates, most of whom they haven’t been talking to in 33 years. (The China Post file photo)

Taichung – Lai Xiang-jun went to great lengths to organize her elementary class reunion. But in addition to seeing her long-lost classmates, there is another reason why Lai tried so hard.

According to the Chinese-language daily Liberty Times, Lai, now a senior high school teacher, teamed up with former classmate Chen Fong-chi in tracking down their elementary schoolmates, most of whom they haven’t been talking to in 33 years. Even with the help of their class teacher, Lai and Chen did not go far.

That’s when they turned to the registration office in Taichung’s Longjing District for help. The office did not give the duo the contact information of the classmates for privacy reasons but agreed to notify them of Lai’s invitation. In the end, the office contacted 45 in total, 30 of them showed up at the reunion held on Aug. 22.

There was one of them, a woman surnamed Hsu, Lai and many other classmates wanted to see most. Hsu was the target of bullying by many in the class in grade 5 and grade 6. The boys called her “ET” and would to trip her, trick her and kick her schoolbag. The girls were too scared to stand up for her.

Lai said that after becoming a teacher herself, she realized how terrible bullying is and how it might destroy a child’s life. Lai could not get Hsu off her mind her all these years. A lot of her schoolmates share the same guilt.

Lai and others convinced Hsu to attend the reunion so they can apologize to her. One vowed to shave his head to show his remorse if Hsu came.

Hsu showed up and hugged everyone at the reunion, including the one vowing to shave his head. He did.

Hsu did not hold a grudge against her classmates, saying that she had long forgiven them because she knew they were just kids back then.

“I really miss you guys all these years,” she said to her classmates already in tears. 

The China Post staff