A disturbing black and white CCTV video shows a scene at a daycare center. This is not the normal scene of kids playing and laughing, but of a punishment and disciplining taking place. At the center is a young four year old girl, and an older woman, the daycare center teacher. The other children are on the side of the room, kneeling on the ground in fear. Suddenly, the teacher brings up her hand and slaps the little girl with such force she is flung across the room and into the wall. The four year old quickly gets up though, and kneels on the ground in front of the teacher, picking up her tray and spoon.
This article garnered over 29,000 comments on Naver, and is the latest in a string of violent teacher-student incidents at Korean schools.
Article from SBS:
“Why did you spit it out?” Slaps 4 Year old Across Room…A Classroom Filled with Fear
A daycare teacher has assaulted a four year old child for spitting out kimchi. The daycare teacher explained the child wasn’t eating her food and she was trying to teach the child, but the CCTV images don’t show any semblance of teaching.
Reporter Han Se-hyun has more.
This is the CCTV video from the afternoon of January 8th, in Incheon’s Yeon-su-gu.
The daycare teacher roughly grabs a four year old’s hands.
As the child brings her hands to her mouth, the teacher hits her hands again.
The child crosses her legs nervously in fear.
When the child can’t help herself and spits out some food, the teacher suddenly slaps the child on the head with such force the child is thrown into the corner.
The terror stricken child gets up again and begins to clear away the food on the floor.
The parents were at a loss for words, not able to believe what they saw in the video.
The other kids at the daycare center are kneeling in fear on the ground, watching their friend assaulted by the teacher.
Daycare Center Parent: [The kid] didn’t eat her kimchi. [The teacher] tried to feed the child food she didn’t like, so the child kept bringing her hand to her mouth, leading the teacher to continually hit her hand away. The child swallowed the kimchi, then felt nauseous, so she spit it back out. So the teacher smacked her on the head.
She explained the child at the daycare center doesn’t eat a lot, and she was just trying to teach her a lesson, it was an accident.
>Observer at the daycare center: If I had known [the teacher was hitting children], I would not have let this happen. This is the first time it has happened. I’m sure of it.
The police booked 33 year old Ms. Yang without physical detention, and called the director of the daycare center on charges of negligent care, intending to investigate further.
Comments from Naver :
They should reveal her identity. People like her should suffer their whole life.
If you even hit adults like this, they will be stunned and really in pain, so how much pain do you think the kid was in? Even when she was struggling to get back to her senses, she got up quickly and cleared away her food because she was afraid of getting beaten more. This really made my heart ache. I really want to find her and kill her.
Wow… this is really wrong. Even I couldn’t stifle a scream when I was watching the video…Would she have done this to her own child? As the parent of a five year old daughter, I’m hurt by this…I can’t hold back my anger…
Hang her in Seoul Plaza, and have passerby beat her. She’s not even fit to be called a beast.
This is the worst ever. My heart aches when I see how used to the punishment this child is…how come she couldn’t cry? Because she knew the teacher would be more mad if she cried. If we protect the rights of the teacher, we are not protecting the rights of the children. Please reveal her identity and give her a bitter taste of society.
It happened at the Songdo Harbor View Kinjelseu Daycare Center. The teacher would die by my hand today if she did this to my child.
The video is terrifying..A four year old can die from that kind of shock..fling her in jail for attempted murder.
The other children in the class were playing, and then everyone became scared. It breaks my hart to see them all kneeling on the ground like that. From the children’s expressions, you can tell this is something that has happened more than a few times.
It’s clearly a case of mistreating children, so why are they booking her without detention? Messy Korean law…
F**k, our daughter is 6 years old, and she can’t eat spicy foods. What’s the big deal about kimchi… Seeing the kid getting hit and kneeling on the ground holding the spoon…and the faces of the other children kneeling on the ground, it seems like they get hit everyday, and you say it’s the first time??? If it was the first time they hit a child, the child would be bawling or would try to run away, or would tell the other teachers, so wouldn’t the child try to move away? The kids are getting hit everyday to the extent that they know that it’s no use to try to run away…does the teacher play golf? The angle of her swing is appalling. That bitch is completely out of her mind. Why is someone who hates kids, hates feeding kids, and can’t stand seeing kids leave behind food on their plate a teacher at the daycare center? I don’t f**king understand.
Wow, look at that fucking biyotch. She put her genuine intent into swing and knocked the kid back. The quality [of the video] is not good, but even though I can’t see the kid’s face, but I feel like I can see it clearly…how surprised and frightened the kid must have been! As I directly watched it via video, It really pissed me off…wow…
Why does these situations seem to keep happening? Even though there’s CCTV, why was she acting like that? I gasped when she put her hand up, and I was shocked and cursed when the kid was knocked down. This piggy bitch, I really want to break her wrist. How shocked the little girl must have been ㅜ My heart hurt to see the other children kneeling on the ground quivering with fear. It must have torn up her parents’ hearts to see that…Hang in there.