Macau - before Scholarism members were banned
August 2014 - Joshua Wong & Agnes Chow had just graduated high school (both 17 yrs old) and were in Macau to share their experiences with social movements. They were invited by a group called Macau Youth Dynamics who were screening the documentary "Lessons in Dissent".
They are asked about harassment from pro-CCP forces. They talk about phone taps, attacks from leftist media, advice from earlier generations on how to hold secure meetings/discussions, what periods of time are most sensitive etc.. They state that being attacked means you are on the right track.
Joshua talks about being followed while on his high school graduation trip to Taiwan. (Him & his friends were followed at the airport & on the subway - photographed & filmed - over 3 days. Those following them even managed to figure out Joshua's room number by calling his room to enquire about interviews - the call came from within the hotel. They knew trip details that Joshua hadn't even told his parents. Four men in total followed them. They were Taiwanese & spoke Mandarin. They approached Joshua first and asked him about his plans in Taiwan. They said they were hired by someone in Hong Kong. Joshua & his friends cut their trip short & changed their flight & were still followed to the airport.) Joshua was also named in China's Blue Paper on National Security (internal threats).
They respond to a question about whether they received pressure from their high schools and families.
For Joshua, his school was pretty supportive. He was told not to wear his school uniform at protests and not to miss class after the June 4th memorial. His school guidance counselor was a supporter of Raymond Wong Yuk-man. He also mentions a classmate who started off sceptical about social movements and then a year later, was occupying Civic Square with him.
For Agnes, it was a bit tougher. She was someone who originally had no interest in politics or news - didn't even have the patience to read news crawls. She had been a Scholarism member for about a month and a half (without telling her family - she didn't dare tell them & didn't know how to tell them - she was 15 yrs old) and the July 1st march was coming up (she usually stayed at home on that day) and felt she owed her parents an explanation for why she'd be out for the entire day. Her parents were very worried/afraid that their daughter (whom they had never seen pay attention to politics/news) was being used politically. She told them about a boy named Joshua Wong, Scholarism & anti-National Education from start to finish, emphasizing that it was she herself that wanted to get involved.
Her parents have never stopped her from participating. However, Scholarism used to have a weeknight internet radio program that ran from 10 pm to 12 am that she could never get to because she was required to be home before midnight. Being a girl, you are out late at night as meetings run very late or after events everyone stays behind to deal with supplies/count donations etc..
As for her school, it wasn't as overtly supportive as Joshua's. She attended a strict all-girls school. Sometimes a teacher might pull her aside and in a low voice tell her that he/she would come out to support her that night. There were also classmates that felt she was participating merely to advance herself, but over time they came to realize she was serious.