11:15 am - 01/02/2012

Difficulties in combating school bullies


One afternoon, a middle school girl jump off the apartment building after receiving a black mail from her classmates. Kim left behind a handwritten note, “I would rather die than to be treated this way.” The 15-year-old had been repeatedly bullied by four to five friends at school. Her parents and school authorities never knew about this with her classmates remaining silent to avoid becoming the second victim. “I am afraid of becoming the next target. Other classmates are in similar feeling,” a classmate said.

The horrific story of the girl was uncovered through media in 1996, sparking debates about school bullying. It created pressure on regulators and educators to do something, anything to help it stop. Yet in the rush to find a solution, various efforts have been implemented but produced no results. In the early 90s, police even tried to temporarily restrict the spread of Japanese comic books, since the Korean word for a ‘loner’ or an ‘outsider’ first arrived in Korea from Japanese comics. 

The incident of 1996 shared a significant resemblance to the a middle school student in Daegu, identified as a 16-year-old Kim, who committed suicide on Dec. 20 2011 after being tormented by his classmates. His story is a classic case of bullying: he was also violently treated by his fellow friends for months. 

However, the only difference is that the methods used by teenagers in the latest incident got more brutal. It is no longer just joking around, minor skirmishes between friends and gossip but copying scenes from gangster movies, even burying the student in the ground, treating him like a slave. Kim was forced to deliver his allowance, homework and an online game character. Bullies even knew the door lock number of Kim’s place, frequenting the house uninvited. 

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been releasing the number of students treated as an outcast by classmates at school. According to the statistics the number has been increasing from 1,279 in 2008 to 1505 in 2010. The ministry and police have been trying to restore policies to overcome the school violence with no success. 

On the surface, middle school students are identified as victims of bullying but the root of the issue begins from elementary school. Most of the concerns and worries uploaded online seeking help from bullies are elementary school kids so the deterrence must begin at a younger age. “We cannot afford to lose another youth and just blame everything to the school,” a ministry official said. “We have arrived at a time where everyone in society must strive to fend off bullying and put an end to the tragedy.”

"Bullied by friends"... No, not friends
Me need a WTF tag for this kind of *bip*.... calm version of me found it >.> (with a lot of help)

Source: Koreatimes

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rylee900 2nd-Jan-2012 03:48 pm (UTC)

Wtf is going on in that picture? :/

burger 2nd-Jan-2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
It looks like they're being forced to do pressups in a puddle or something. I thought they were wearing plastic raincoats or smth at first but it looks like they've had stuff thrown on them actually... or it could just be the light :|a
kawaiikame 2nd-Jan-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
One tried to break the system and has ended up with permanent injuries to her spine because her seniors used to kick her in the back |:

Omg ._____.,
hellafun 2nd-Jan-2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
jesus what is it with bullying that so much people do it? it's like some kind of powerplay to them, to cover up their own insecurities, or maybe they enjoy it but ugh, i don't see why you would go out of your way to destroy other people's lives and give them issues.
asiotus 2nd-Jan-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a powerplay. To make the bully feel more powerfull and important through dominating the victim. I have been both the victim and the bully so i know.
katzsong 2nd-Jan-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
WHERE ARE THE PARENTS??!! Not really blaming them, but they do have a part in this. They have the power to stop this as well. Or at least try to. The school alone can't and won't ever be able to do it without the cooperation of parents. Unless the parents are bullies themselves :3
At this rate, it's no longer a "phase" that every kid must go through while growing up. It's a crime or psycho-in-the-making. And both the victims and bullies can end up in jails, mental institution or morgue. This really needs to stop soon :(
k0dama 3rd-Jan-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
If it's in Korea,

Welp, since we have no "child protective services" in any way, unless something blatantly criminal happens... even then, since we're a land of settlements, and not litigations..
swhyeon1991 2nd-Jan-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Kim was forced to deliver his allowance, homework and an online game character.
omg homework and an OL game char in a line .__.

Bullies even knew the door lock number of Kim’s place, frequenting the house uninvited.
. . .

Me need a WTF tag for this kind of *bip*
i think it's there OP?
benihime99 2nd-Jan-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh my eito kami-sama, there is one. I was so pissed off I didn't even see it.
Thank you
annhh 2nd-Jan-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I just can't with bullying. for fuck sake you know
benihime99 2nd-Jan-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's just a guess and I might be very wrong, but you've never been in a "bullying" situation?
It's not that easy to see when someone is being bullied (if there is no "scars").
People who are bullied are usually very good at hiding it, unfortunatly.

Edited at 2012-01-02 07:50 pm (UTC)
pladpuss 2nd-Jan-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'll never understand why people use the phrase "bullied by friends" those kids were not his friends. My teacher used the same phrase when I was bullied in elementary and the kids that bullied me were never my friends its like they are softening it up oh they bullied you but remember they are your friends.
sadistic_dance 2nd-Jan-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Where are the baseball bats...
benihime99 2nd-Jan-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
As much as I share your anger, do not lower yourself to their level
yolleh 2nd-Jan-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ugh I used to be bullied and I just can't with it, there are no excuses whatsoever for it.

It just shows there is a huge problem that is not being dealt with here:
Parents are not paying enough attention to their children
The school/societal system is placing too much pressure on them and they're acting out

saphbluedreams 2nd-Jan-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Srsly? This is disgusting.
asnindie 2nd-Jan-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
"even burying the student in the ground, treating him like a slave. Kim was forced to deliver his allowance, homework and an online game character. Bullies even knew the door lock number of Kim’s place, frequenting the house uninvited. "

Im sorry but this is a straight out offence and the Police should have been brought in. If this happened to my child I'd make the School and the Kids pay. But this Asia, this shit happens alot. Now look at the school cover their tracks by claiming it had nothing to do with them.
embroideredkiss 2nd-Jan-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
To all the people asking where the bullies parents are and why don't they stop them....at the elementary school I'm at here in Korea 99% of the "bad kids" sadly/stereotypically come from broken homes - no mothers/stepfathers/live with grandmothers/etc.....and whenever these kids do something bad enough for their family to get called in to talk about it, half of them don't turn up and the other half just sit there and look bored and don't give a shit.

Not saying that broken homes are the cause of this behaviour or that the kids should be excused because of it, but certainly in Korea the two seem to go hand in hand.
lainmyownworld 3rd-Jan-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
do they mean actual blackmail?
or a piece of black mail?

either way, bullying in korea is dramatic.~
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