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In S. Korea, Bullying Claims Another Life

Posted: Apr 18, 2012

Police said a middle school boy, thought to have been bullied by his classmates, jumped to his death from a 20-story apartment building.

Yeongju Police Precinct in North Gyeongsang said that the 14-year-old middle school boy surnamed Lee jumped from the apartment in Hyucheon-dong, Yeongju City around 9:30 a.m. on Monday. The body was found by a 70-year-old security guard surnamed Jeong. The police presumed that the boy jumped through the window in the hallway of the 20-floor apartment building.

Before he committed suicide, he sent a text message to his classmate surnamed Kim at 8:12 a.m., saying he will be late for school. Lee’s teacher began to call him as soon as she was informed about the text message, but his cell phone was turned off.

The police said they found his backpack and a suicide note that described how he was bullied by his classmates.

The police said that full names of Lee’s two classmates were written on the suicide note. “Jeon [surname] keeps kissing my face like he’s gay and even licks my face with his tongue,” the suicide note read. “It feels terrible and disgusts me. They have forced me to join their group [a student gang]. I joined the group but they still treat me like a slave. I have to answer their calls at all times even during weekends. I hate this. I can’t live like this. I don’t want to live like a slave.”

Read the full report here.

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