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Teacher apologises after posting TikTok video featuring contents of students’ school bags

THE STAR – A school teacher and content creator at a school in Malaysia apologised after posting a video where she filmed her experience of going through her students’ bags.

The teacher who goes by the handle notqiwiie on TikTok in a new posting said, “I would like to apologise to the parents and individuals who were offended by a recent video I posted. I am really sorry.”

Notqiwiie explained that the video was sponsored content for a product and was filmed during break time at the school. She said she placed some food product in the students’ bags before the shoot.

“There were no students in this video. Unlike the rest of my recent videos where parental consent was asked and granted, I did not seek consent before opening the bags as they were used as props. This is an oversight and my fault, which I deeply regret,” she added.

Notqiwiie said “a few concerned individuals” saw the video and told her that it was not the right thing to do.

“I realised my mistake and took down the video after 20 minutes,” she said.

Notqiwiie, who has 1.5 million followers on TikTok, said she has also removed videos with children from her social media.

“I will take this time to reflect on my future content plans so I can do better for my students,” she added.

A Twitter user raised privacy concerns about the video that Notqiwiie posted on June 19, noting that the school lanyard she was wearing in the video was real and tagging Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

On June 20, Fadhlina said the Education Ministry will monitor further developments on the issue of a teacher who allegedly used students to create content on TikTok.