HYBE and Source Music finally shared crucial facts and truth you must know about Kim Garam school bullying controversy. In addition, the company decided that LE SSERAFIM operates a 5-member group while Kim Garam is taking temporary hiatus. Check out the following updates and detailed information about Kim Garam school bullying scandal.
*THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS CASES AND STORIES ABOUT SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING THAT MAY BE HARMFUL TO SOME READERS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.*
HYBE and Source Music Released Detailed Facts about Kim Garam School Bullying Controversy + Hiatus Statement
As they had previously promised in responding to the proof of restraining order and testimony from Daehan Law Firm, HYBE finally revealed their compiled facts about Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy.
On May 20, HYBE and Source Music released their version of the case revolving around Kim Garam school bullying controversy. In HYBE and Source Music version, there are some unexpected facts unveiled behind the scandals and rumors about LE SSERAFIM member Kim Garam. And apparently, Kim Garam and the victim are not the only ones involved in the school bullying scandal and controversy.
“Hello, this is HYBE/Source Music.
We would like to notify you about our stance regarding the additional allegations related to Kim Garam of LE SSERAFIM.”HYBE
Facts Revealed that MORE Minor Got Involved in Kim Garam School Bullying Scandal
In the official statement from HYBE and Source Music, apparently, Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy involved MORE minors.
HYBE stated that the rumors circulated on the internet and social media that Kim Garam and her friends one-sidedly bullied the victim was NOT true. According to HYBE, it is not simply a bullying case between multiple perpetrators and one victim.
“Exaggerated rumors that Kim Garam was a one-sided perpetrator of school violence habitually involved in physical violence have been continuously spreading on social media and online communities. Unfortunately, only one-sided information was being released, so we would like to correct the accusations.”HYBE
What REALLY Happened – Facts & Truth According to HYBE Investigation
After further investigating the case of Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy, apparently, what really happened was NOT one-side bullying. Instead, it was a school fight happened between two middle school students and their friends.
Or rather, it was a dramatic fight that happened to a group of minors that deserved its very own movie/series. Here’s the full story according to HYBE’s extensive explanation.
Kim Garam and The Alleged Victim: A Broken Friendship
The story started in 2018. Kim Garam and the victim (alias: Yoo Eunseo) were close friends beginning their first year, from March to April.
While the friendship had just only started, Kim Garam found out that Yoo Eunseo had badmouthed and insulted her and some other friends behind their back. It resulted in 3 long hours of argument, which finally resolved after both of them apologized to each other.
However, the story did not simply end just like that. Just when we thought it was a simple argument, facts said the incident started the whole fight that caused Kim Garam school bullying controversy.
After the argument concluded, Yoo Eunseo told on Kim Garam and the incident to her close male friend. It then resulted in Yoo Eunseo and her close male friend threatening to perform physical violence on Kim Garam.
That is why Kim Garam finally decided to cut off all her ties to Yoo Eunseo.
Yoo Eunseo Started Another Incident
Later after Kim Garam cut ties with her, Yoo Eunseo took and publicly spread an inappropriate photo of Kim Garam’s close friend (alias: D).
In the photo, Kim Garam’s friend (D) was in the middle of changing her outfit and only wearing her underwear. Still, Yoo Eunseo borrowed another friend’s social media account (alias: A) and publicly uploaded the photo. Due to this incident, D was in shock, and it resulted in Kim Garam, and 4 of her friends confronting Yoo Eunseo for what she had done.
While Yoo Eunseo admitted her offense, she called for a school violence committee in June 2018. To the committee, Yoo Eunseo claimed that Kim Garam and her 4 friends had bullied her. That is why the school conducted an official meeting for Yoo Eunseo as the alleged victim while they summoned Kim Garam, D, and one more friend (alias: B) as the offenders.
This part of the story explained why Kim Garam’s name appeared in the proof of the restraining order along with her friends as the perpetrators.
Unfortunately, before the case officially closed just when D requested that Yoo Eunseo transfer to another school after what she had done, Yoo Eunseo initiated to transfer to a different school by herself.
But that is not for long. Because in a month or two after her transfer, Yoo Eunseo returned and enrolled at the school next to Kim Garam’s.
Multiple Witnesses Are Available to Testify About What REALLY Happened
In addition to telling the stories and facts behind Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy, HYBE also mentioned that they had witnesses available to testify the truth.
After all, the fights that happened between Kim Garam, Yoo Eunseo, and their friends involved many third parties. And these third parties did not only see the fights themselves but also involved as witnesses in how Yoo Eunseo requested the violence committee despite having started the incident.
“Along with the individuals directly involved and several related individuals, many school classmates are aware of the critical points of the school violence committee meeting held in June 2018.
Several students recognized Yoo Eun Seo’s actions of requesting a school violence committee and claiming herself as a victim despite her significant wrongdoing as being problematic. There are many third parties who can testify about this.”HYBE
Kim Garam is ALSO a Victim of School Bullying
Moreover, a further investigation from HYBE also revealed that Kim Garam is, in fact, a victim of school bullying herself.
The incident that happened with Yoo Eunseo resulted in various horrible rumors about Kim Garam. They claimed that Kim Garam had hit her friend with a flowerpot and forced her friend to transfer schools.
Some other friends even forced Kim Garam to join a group chat, where they would tease and curse at her. However, there was no way Kim Garam could leave the group because they kept inviting her over and over again. Besides, if she didn’t read and respond to the message, she would receive more harassment.
What’s appalling is that the group chat included not only her classmates but also unknown students from other schools.
WRONG Facts About Kim Garam and Her School Bullying Controversy
On top of everything, since Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy had escalated into a huge issue, HYBE would also like to clarify all the false facts and rumors.
These are the facts and explanations behind Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy.
1. Nobody Forces Kim Garam to Transfer Schools
First and foremost, there was no record of Kim Garam being forced to transfer schools.
Kim Garam has spent most of her life living in Seoul. The only time she loved elsewhere was during the last four years of her elementary school, when she moved to Gwangju due to her father’s occupation.
She then returned to Seoul to continue studying in middle school and is now attending a high school in Seoul.
No one ever forces Kim Garam to transfer schools.
2. FALSE Rumors about Her Physical Violence
Secondly, there are rumors circulating on the internet that stated Kim Garam had performed physical violence. They are all entirely FALSE.
Rumors that stated Kim Garam had hit her friend’s head with a flowerpot and cracked another with a brick was completely FALSE. These rumors started after the incident with Yoo Eunseo in middle school, and everything had been resolved through a school mediation.
In fact, Kim Garam had received an apology directly from the person who had admitted to having spread the false rumor. And there were several witnesses present during the mediation.
3. NO Police Cars, Group Fights, Underage Drinking, and Smoking Involved
Next, Kim Garam had never participated in any physical violence, group fights, or even underage drinking and smoking. There is also NO record of Kim Garam coming to the school in a police car.
The rumor about Kim Garam underage smoking and drinking started when some students falsely reported Kim Garam as a joke that she was smoking. Then, after a meeting with her homeroom teacher, Kim Garam underwent a nicotine test with her parents to clear her name. She then submitted the result to her teacher and explained the rumors directly to her friends.
4. FALSE Rumors About Badmouthing Other Artists & Removal from Debut Group
Never in any chance, Kim Garam has mentioned that she is a fan of a specific male artist. Also, she has never badmouthed other girl group members using vulgar words.
At the same time, Kim Garam had never joined any different agency before Source Music. Therefore, it is entirely NOT true that Kim Garam had been removed from another debut group.
The Primary Reason Why HYBE Remained Silent While Defending Kim Garam
On the other hand, HYBE and Source Music still apologized for the long silence and blind defense of Kim Garam school bullying scandal and controversy.
According to HYBE, the main reason they kept silent was because the school bullying scandal involved not only Kim Garam and Yoo Eunseo, but also other parties who are still minors. Therefore, they would like to resolve the issue without revealing too many details to the public.
Therefore, HYBE also apologized that they had to take action and explain such sensitive issues regarding Kim Garam and her friends.
“Kim Garam’s issue involves many minors. Therefore, we tried to resolve the issue without revealing the details of the truth to the public.
However, at the time of her debut, the situation started developing severely. Therefore, we had no choice but to take action as groundless false information regarding Kim Garam spread extensively.
Meanwhile, the contents related to the school violence committee meeting with one-sided claims were also disclosed through a law firm, so we feel regretful for having to explain the sensitive issues regarding her friends.”HYBE
Kim Garam Apologizes and Takes Temporary Hiatus
Eventually, despite the lengthy and extensive explanation, HYBE decided that Kim Garam would take temporary hiatus. The company apologized on behalf of Kim Garam for everything she has done in the past.
During the hiatus, Kim Garam would reflect on all the decisions and behaviors she made in the past. While she all did it to stand up for her friend, she acknowledged that everything she did was wrong and immature.
“Furthermore, we once again apologize for Kim Garam’s wrongful speech and behavior in the past.
Although it was a verbal dispute that occurred while standing up for a friend who was harmed, she has also personally acknowledged her faults and is deeply reflecting on that point that she used curse words and behaved in a way in which the other felt threatened.”HYBE
LE SSERAFIM to Operate in 5-Member Formation During Kim Garam Hiatus
Finally, LE SSERAFIM will temporarily operate in a 5-member formation while Kim Garam takes her temporary hiatus.
After all, despite all the mistakes she made in the past, Kim Garam had also suffered substantial psychological blows. And just as similar to Yoo Eunseo, it happened not only after the photo incident during the first year of middle school, but she also suffered from various attacks and harassment due to the false rumors in the middle of her fight to achieve her dream.
Both Kim Garam and Yoo Eunseo had fallen into massive psychological turmoil. And it happened because of a past incident that had appeared to the public without their consent.
Therefore, Kim Garam will also use her hiatus period to focus on healing her mental state. In the meantime, LE SSERAFIM will operate as a 5-member formation.
Endless Fights Against Bullying in ANY Form
So, what are your thoughts on this case about Kim Garam and her school bullying controversy?
Kim Garam school bullying controversy has finally come to an end with all its facts and stories. But, at the same time, it is a solid reminder to the public that the fight against bullying is still never-ending.
Just as in the previous cases, bullying in ANY form has never been acceptable. Not only does it provide severe impacts on the victims, but it also causes various mental disorders in the witnesses and bystanders as well.
Therefore, it is crucial to constantly remind ourselves to refrain from participating in ANY form of bullying and assist the victims of bullying in seeking help.
Complete story from HYBE about Kim Garam bullying scandal.— KPopAddict (@kpopaddictOT5) May 21, 2022
I feel sorry for EVERYONE involved. They are all KIDS who fall victim to different kinds of bullying.
They'd put everything behind, until someone decided to open the wound and let the case be a public meal to devour.😭 pic.twitter.com/ICsSzlqJFZ
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