One of the most popular searches yesterday on Daum is about a teacher caught beating HIS student on cam! I was going to post it yesterday but I was soooo busy with my projects (still busy!) The news story is also the most read story today on Korea Times.
The one-minute-long clip, which was recorded at a girl’s high school in Daegu City, begins as a group of some 10 schoolgirls are going through disciplinary punishment, doing squats with their arms around each other’s shoulders at the command of a male teacher, similar to what soldiers do in the army.
But the tense atmosphere gets worse as one of the schoolgirls breaks away from the formation, saying she cannot take it due to an injury. The teacher beats her on her thigh with a rod and starts to slap her on the cheek and also hits her on the head as she protests the corporal punishment.
One of my classmates who used to teach at a public school said that teachers are allowed to punish their students with a stick measuring not more than a foot; however, they’re only allowed to hit the student’s palms. The problem with corporal punishment is that most of the times it’s done in anger and there are times when the punisher loses self-control. I kinda pity high school students in Korea. They get too much pressure from their parents and school as well. I don’t remember studying as much as they did when I was in school and get punished they way they do. One punishment I remember getting was getting hit on my fingers because my fingernails were dirty. From that time on (I was in grade one?), I’ve been keeping my fingernails short!
Other videos in case the first one doesn’t work.