Shi Qi, a Malaysian schoolteacher and popular content creator known as ‘qiwiie,’ has issued an apology after a video went viral showing her going through her students’ bags. The incident sparked outrage among social media users, who accused her of violating the students’ privacy.
In response to the backlash, Shi Qi has not only removed the video but also deleted most of her content involving students from her social media platforms. She posted an official apology, acknowledging that the video was a sponsored content.
“I would like to apologise to the parents and individuals who were offended by a recent video I posted. I am really sorry,” she expressed.
Shi Qi explained that the video was filmed during break time, and she had placed gummies in the bags before shooting. While consuming a gummy from each bag, she did not seek consent or have any students present during the video, unlike her other recent videos where parental consent was obtained. She recognized this oversight as her fault and deeply regretted it.
Although she removed the video within 20 minutes of posting it, copies had already circulated on social media platforms. The influencer expressed her remorse and stated that she will be more cautious in the future.
After issuing her apology, some followers in the comment section of her TikTok account recognized the need to draw a clear line between content creation and teaching, while others expressed their support for the influencer.
Earlier, Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek was made aware of the video and stated that the Ministry would investigate the matter and take appropriate action once an official report is submitted, as reported by Awani.
The incident involving Shi Qi has raised important discussions regarding the responsibilities of content creators who are also educators and the need to prioritize student privacy. As the issue continues to unfold, it serves as a reminder of the impact that social media actions can have on individuals, especially when they involve vulnerable populations such as students.