Female student revealed to have committed suicide from iljin bullying; issue of bullying continues to grow
A female high school student was revealed to have jumped off her apartment building to commit suicide, with her will specifically directing blame towards the students who have bullied her to this point.
Illjins are defined as extremely popular kids who are also bullies, similar to the stereotypical jock bully in the US.
According to the Central Police Station in Ulsan on September 2nd (KST), her body was found in the apartment parking lot, in which she was identified as Miss Kim, a first-year student in high school (10th grade).
Police have concluded that she jumped from her room on the 10th floor of the apartment after finding an angry letter from her bullies on her desk.
They are now reported to be investigating the school that Miss Kim attended to check for school violence, though specific dates are not mentioned. The picture of the letter has yet to be shown either; all thats been given is parts of the context. Titled “Will (Students),” Miss Kim wrote final words filled with both anger and hurt towards specific names (that are currently not revealed), giving yet another glimpse into the often disregarded topic of severe school bullying in South Korea.
Quotes from her will include, “It was easier for me to breathe this morning because you beat me with your fists instead,” “You called me out to beat me,” “You hit me while pretending to push my hair to the side,” “I thought I was going to get depression because of you,” “I bet you will get lots of reports if the freshmen grade is consulted. Don’t hurt kids, it will all come back to you.”
In response, netizens have commented, “It’s time we get rid of the juvenile protection act… The type of violence that kids commit nowadays have crossed the line already,” “Pisses me off to think that they will still lead normal lives after that,” and “We live in a world where iljins like them can still make a living off of TV just because they’re pretty/handsome.”
The last quote in particular relates back to what Park Jiyoon has stated back on the August 30th episode of “War of Words.” While the hosts were talking about the latest issue of celebrity iljins, she had specifically stated, “Iljin rumors are an extremely sensitive issue. To the victims, it’s a wound that can’t be erased. I would hate it if someone who tortured me was laughing and getting attention on TV.”
Viewers have reacted in agreement, writing, “Wise words,” “She’s right… I would so, so, so hate seeing someone who bullied me on TV one day,” and “It’s true… What goes around will come around, though. Doesn’t matter whether they regret it later and cry about it.”
Especially in light of WINNER Nam Taehyun and Superstar K6 contestant Song Yoobin’s alleged iljin histories revealed, netizens and media alike have noticed the issue of iljins in Korean schools growing bigger for the youth.
What do you think should be done regarding the growing impact of iljins in the nation?
Source: News N and Yonhap News