Did you know that you could be suspended for a Facebook post? That’s exactly what has happened to a student in Vietnam on Tuesday, when the 8th grader posted what was deemed to be a joke online.
The student, whose name has not been released publicly, was suspended for her Facebook post after she posted a parody of the revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh to the massive social network.
The post, which was meant to simply be a joke, was taken very seriously by school and local officials. And despite the girl going on record to claim that she did it all “just for fun” (she is an 8th grader, after all), she was suspended for the post because it "distorted history and seriously insulted teachers."
But according to Vietnam history, it did more than just insult teachers, but Ho Chi Minh, as well. Ho Chi Minh is beloved because of his leadership qualities and the fact that he led the country to independence from French rule.
Vietnam is said to have over a population of over 90 million. And according to the Associated Press, freedom of speech is not allowed in Vietnam due to its Communist government.
On Twitter, one person reacted to the news of the suspension by thanking the country they reside in for all the liberties they have.
“OMG! Thank you Canada 4 my FREEDOM of speach!” wrote one user on Twitter.