Mar 29, 2018 Market Comments Off on Taiwan teen arrested in U.S. ‘a huge misunderstanding’: TV host
Taipei, A television celebrity close to the father of a Taiwanese student arrested in the United States after allegedly threatening to shoot up his school, said Thursday the boy has always been well-mannered and polite, and the incident is a huge misunderstanding.
Tuo Tsung-kang (???), who co-hosts the popular TV talk show "The Gang of Kuo Kuan" (?????) with Sun Peng (??), urged netizens and the media not to blow the matter out of proportion and make things worse.
An Tso Sun (???), 18, the only child of Sun and Taiwanese opera singer Di Ying (??), started attending Bonner and Prendergast Catholic High School in Pennsylvania in the U.S. last fall and lives with a host family.
He was arrested Tuesday at school, after which the police searched his bedroom and found a ballistic vest, a crossbow with scope and light, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a military ski mask, an ammunition clip loader, a garrote and other equipment, according to the Upper Darby Police Department.
Upon hearing the news, Tuo said he immediately called Sun Peng and his wife to see how they are doing.
It's not hard to imagine what they must be going through right now, he said.
As a friend and longtime colleague of the boy's father, Tuo said he practically watched An Tso grow up and despite being timid and shy, he has always been studious and well behaved.
"The entire thing is a huge misunderstanding...he [An Tso] is simply not that kind of person," he said.
Commenting on the reasons for the boy to study in the U.S, Tuo said he has always wanted to work in law enforcement like Henry Chang-Yu Lee (???), and applied to major in criminal justice at a U.S. university.
"He sees Lee as a role model," Tuo added.
Asked about the boy's upbringing, he said that Di is a mother of high principle and always carefully planned out her son's studies and free time.
"Not once have I ever heard of him doing anything out of the ordinary," Tuo said. However, he declined to comment when asked whether An Tso likes to play soldier or is obsessed with weapons and military hardware.
At a press conference Wednesday, Upper Darby Police Department Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the Taiwanese allegedly warned a male classmate Monday not to go to school on May 1 as he was planning to go on a shooting spree that day, but later told the classmate he was joking.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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