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The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) said Wednesday it will begin an investigation into a bullying incident at Soongeui Elementary School which took place in April. Education authorities will look into suspicions that the prestigious private school omitted the names of students involved in the bullying based on their family background.
"Because it is difficult to determine whether the school intentionally attempted to downplay or cover up the incident based only on the claims of the victim and the files provided by the school, an additional investigation is necessary," an official said.
Earlier this week, officials found the school did not adequately deal with the incident, belatedly reporting the case to authorities. The school also did not provide protective measures for the victim, despite him being absent from school since April 27.
The bullying occurred at a school camp at Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, on April 20. Four third-grade students allegedly beat a peer with a plastic baseball bat who was covered in a blanket and made him drink body wash.
The homeroom teacher was aware the bullying took place that day.
The victim's parents filed a complaint to the school bullying report center, April 24. However, the school only reported it to the SOME, May 12.
The first report said there were three assailants, but the victim's parents claimed May 30 there were four, and a committee meeting June 1 deferred on measures to be taken against the students.
The committee held a second meeting June 12 and determined that the incident could not be considered a case of bullying, and decided not to take any measures against the students.
Local broadcaster SBS reported on June 16 that the victim was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a skeletal-muscular breakdown, as well as post traumatic stress disorder. However, the report said the bullies were let off due to their family backgrounds. One student is the son of actress Yoon Son-ha, and another the grandson of Park Sam-ku, chairman of Kumho Asiana Group.
Source: Korea Times
why on earth would the school wait 2 WHOLE WEEKS to report to the SMOE? not only that, but the homeroom teacher knew about the assault, but not said anything. ugh, it disgusts me how people born with money can do to others. and that poor victim .. dealing with a body breakdown & PTSD at the age of 10 is traumatizing, & heartbreaking, it truly is.