The Glory Season 2 is coming and the fans’ excitement is rising even more to see how Moon Dong Eun will return with the ultimate revenge for her school bullying perpetrators. Still, did you know that the school violence in The Glory Korean drama actually happened in real life? Check out the complete details of the true story behind The Glory school violence real-life case.
*THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS STORIES + PHOTOS OF BULLYING AND VIOLENCE THAT MAY BE DISTURBING FOR SOME READERS. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTIONS.*
MORE DETAILS Emerged About Real-Life True Story Behind THE GLORY Korean Drama School Bullying Violence
Netflix The Glory Korean drama has become the talk of the nation since the first announcement of the project. Not only it involves the most talented prominent Korean first-class actors like Song Hye Kyo and Lee Do Hyun, but The Glory Korean drama also raised the most sensitive and heartbreaking issue, especially in the South Korean community: school violence and school bullying.
While previously we have discussed how the school bullying scene depicted in The Glory Korean drama was based on 2 real-life true story cases, more details have emerged regarding one of the most horrifying school bullying and violence: The Curling-Iron School Violence Case.
Wikitree and Hankook Ilbo reported testimony from a school inspector specializing in school violence cases at the Suwon Office of Education in Gyeonggi Province, Choi Woo Sung. The school inspector revealed the true story behind The Glory Korean drama school bullying scene in an interview with MBC Radio.
Along with the horrible details, the inspector also revealed more cases of severe underage violence that happened in South Korea.
“The shocking school bullying scenes in The Glory have shaken up many viewers, making them doubt whether they happen in real life. However, I believe that these scenes expressed parts of the reality.”Choi Woo Sung to MBC Radio.
More Details About Real-Life True Story Behind THE GLORY School Violence You Must Know Before Watching Season 2
During the interview, the host asked school inspector Choi Woo Sung whether the school bullying and violence scene in The Glory Korean drama actually happened in real life. And the school inspector stated that the reality was, in fact, far worse than what The Glory had depicted.
The first case that school inspector Choi Woo Sung brought up was the curling iron school violence case that happened at Cheongju Middle School in 2006. He then revealed jaw-breaking horrifying details about the case and other more severe underage bullying and violent incidents.
More Horrifying Details on The Curling Iron School Bullying Case in 2006
Regarding the curling iron school bullying case in 2006, Choi Woo Sung revealed that perpetrator Kim was 15 years old when she assaulted her friend A who was a year younger at the time. Not only did Kim burn A’s arm with a curling iron like in the school bullying scene in The Glory Korean drama, she also beat the victim with a baseball hat and scratched her chest with a clothespin.
The bullying and violence happened continuously for about 20 days that it caused severe injuries to the victim’s mind and body. The real-life true story behind The Glory was far worse than what happened in the Korean drama.
“At the time, the victim suffered severe burns and a protruding tailbone. These injuries required her to undergo 5 to 6 weeks of hospitalization. What’s worse, the perpetrators also confessed they had punished the victim by ripping off the scabs that had formed on her scars with their fingernails.”Choi Woo Sung to MBC Radio.
Hankook Ilbo also brought up the case involving testimonies from the victim and her family. At the time,
“I couldn’t escape because two people were holding my arm so tight I couldn’t move. It was so painful I thought I was going to die.”victim A, Hankook Ilbo.
“My daughter showed strange behaviors. She even screams in her sleep. But I couldn’t imagine that she had been assaulted for such a long time.”victim A’s father, Hankook Ilbo.
The Curling Iron School Bullying Case Aftermath
Due to the severity of the case, and since the perpetrator’s age was over the limit of the juvenile case, she was officially arrested. But no further information was available for the kind of punishment she had received.
At the same time, the school officers and teachers also received administrative punishments. That is because they were incapable of adequately dealing with the bullying incident. Instead, they showed very little interest in the case. And to everyone’s surprise, the school only stated that A fell while riding a bicycle.
Instead of handling the case as responsible adults, the school officers chose to run away from their responsibilities, leaving the victim with a trauma so severe she had to undergo psychiatric treatments.
3 MORE Underage Violence Cases You Must Know Before Watching THE GLORY Season 2 Korean Drama
In addition to the curling iron school violence true story behind The Glory Korean drama, Choi Woo Sung also mentioned other similar cases. The school inspector particularly mentioned 3 horrible cases involving underage bullying and violence.
The first case was Yangsan Girls’ Middle School Assault Case in 2021, where a group of middle schoolers assaulted a student of foreign nationality. The perpetrators then recorded the assault and distributed the video on the internet forums.
Then, Choi Woo Sung also mentioned the Cheonghak-dong Dormitory Cruelty Case in 2020. In this case, a group of girls forced the victim to drink urine after the perpetrators inserted foreign objects into her body.
The last case Choi Woo Sung mentioned was North Gyeonggi’s Snow Bed Sexual Assault Case. It was the most horrifying recent incident where A 12-year-old boy sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl on a bed made of snow.
Underage Perpetrators Resulted in Very Minimum Punishment
Finally, what’s most heartbreaking from these cases was the fact that all the perpetrators received minimum to no punishment. That was because they were all young offenders under 14, which made them under the protection of the law.
School inspector Choi Woo Sung expressed his deep regret over the fact. Due to this protection, most school violence perpetrators get to enjoy freedom under legal protection because the law considers them “juvenile delinquents”. Hence, South Korean law simply sentenced them to community service or juvenile detention instead of giving them criminal punishment.
“In all these 3 cases, some or all the perpetrators were juveniles under the age of 14. That is why there was a limit to punishing them.
I personally agree that the standard age limits should be lowered gradually. It’s because not only the perpetrators’ age is getting younger, but the crime is also getting more violent and sophisticated.
After all, the society needs to edify and prevent such incidents happening in the first place.”Choi Woo Sung
Now, what do you think about the true story behind The Glory school violence and bullying? Does it give you a deeper understanding of the school bullying issue in the Korean drama before watching Season 2?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, and here’s The Glory Season 2 first trailer.
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