Korea University Implements New Policy to Exclude Students with School Violence History
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Korea University recently announced a new policy to include school violence history in their regular admissions process. The policy aims to exclude students with a record of school violence, even if they meet the passing score on the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).
In an exclusive interview with E-Daily on March 22, Chancellor Kim Dong Won emphasized the need for strict action against perpetrators of school violence. He stated that even if a student with a history of school violence achieves a passing score on the CSAT, they should be disqualified from admission.
This decision comes after recent cases where perpetrators of school violence were admitted to prestigious universities, despite receiving the highest point deduction for their actions. One such case involved the son of attorney Jung Su Sin, who was accepted into Seoul National University, one of the most prestigious schools in South Korea, despite being a school violence perpetrator with a punishment of level 8.
Unfortunately, the victim in this case suffered from PTSD and even attempted suicide due to the trauma of school violence. This highlights the importance of addressing school violence and implementing strict policies to prevent its occurrence.
Chancellor Kim Dong Won stated that while the reflection of school violence in the student record book had limitations in the past, it is now necessary to include disciplinary records of school violence in the regular admission selection process. This will ensure that students with a history of school violence are not admitted to the university, even if they achieve a high score on the CSAT.
This new policy is a step in the right direction towards addressing school violence in South Korea. It sends a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated and that strict measures will be implemented to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Chaos in the entertainment industry
There has been a rise of "school violence" in Korean society, and it is also causing chaos in the entertainment industry. In recent times, there have been numerous cases in the entertainment industry where the perpetrator apologizes for school violence and the victim's story gains attention.
Producer Ahn Gil-ho, who directed "The Glory," a play seeking revenge for victims of school violence, was recently involved in a controversy related to school violence, which led to public criticism.
On the 10th, when "The Glory" Part 2 was released, an online community posted an article claiming that Producer Ahn had assaulted a victim and a friend when he was a high school senior, for making fun of his girlfriend. The victim claimed that he was attacked by a group of ten people, including Producer Ahn, for about two hours.
Producer Ahn initially denied the allegations, but later changed his position, admitting and apologizing for his mistake, saying, "I became emotional in the moment and hurt others, which I cannot erase."
Entertainment programs featuring non-celebrities have also been affected as the cast has been involved in controversies surrounding school violence.
JTBC's idol survival entertainment show "Peak Time" has been at the center of controversy as cast member Kim Hyun-jae has been accused of school violence. Kim Hyun-jae completely denies the allegations, but the production team announced on the 13th that "Kim Hyun-jae has decided to drop out of the program, judging that this issue cannot be clearly resolved in a short time."
Kim Da-young, who previously appeared on the Netflix survival entertainment show "Physical: 100," also expressed her willingness to "reflect on my actions" after being at the center of controversy over allegations of school violence.
"Non-Celebrities' School Violence Concerns Verification"
According to broadcasters and online video service (OTT) industry sources on the 22nd, the biggest concern for producers making programs featuring non-celebrities is verifying their performers.
Lee Jin-min, head of Channel A's production division, said at a media conference the previous day, "It is a common concern for those who produce such entertainment shows (with non-celebrity appearances) that non-celebrity performers may become embroiled in controversy over their personality and privacy."
Unlike celebrities who can easily verify their reputation in the industry, it is difficult for non-celebrity performers to check their reputation, and it is difficult to closely check their past activities such as physical fights and disputes with acquaintances.
As a result, in the middle of the program, a popular performer may suddenly drop out due to controversy.
Therefore, broadcasters and OTTs are using various methods to verify non-celebrity performers.
Channel A recently added a procedure to check school records to the verification stage to cope with the repeated controversy over the cast of the love observation entertainment show "Heart Signal."
Lee, the head of the production division, said, "We look at the cast's elementary, middle, and high school records to check for anything unusual. I think self-censorship will take place in this process. Of course, it only targets those who have agreed to this process and only these people can appear."
However, it is not easy to filter out controversial performers, no matter how much they go through double or triple verification stages if they decide to deceive the production team about their past history or claim not to remember. In the end, the industry's voice is that it has no choice but to think about how to make the cast carefully censor themselves.
Even Netflix's entertainment show "Physical: 100," which became popular in January of this year, conducted surveys on performers, face-to-face interviews, and interviews with experts such as psychiatrists, but since its release, three performers have been cited as perpetrators of school violence and assault. One out of three was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend after the work was released.
Although it is not an entertainment show, the Netflix series "The Glory," which achieved global success, was criticized after producer Ahn Gil-ho's assault during his school days was revealed.
Actor Cha Cha-young, who starred in the drama, recently mentioned in a media interview that she had been verified for school violence issues before casting, but she was at the center of the controversy over the director of the work and left a stain.
A domestic OTT official said, "As ordinary performers continue to be controversial, the production team is also strictly verifying," adding, "However, there is little information that can be confirmed without the consent of the performers, so we have no choice but to leave it to the performers' conscience."
He added, "If controversy breaks out, the cast has become more cautious about self-censorship these days as they have some perception that they will inevitably suffer damage," adding, "The production team is also trying to allow the cast to self-censor during the verification process."
Even if they achieve a passing score on the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).
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