Jealous Over a Girl, Students Beat Boy To Death

In South Korea, the phrase “요즘 애들 무서워” (the kids are scary these days) has become a defining slogan for the young generation. The sentiment emerged once again after news broke at the end of August that a high school student and his peers beat a middle school student to death after they heard that he was dating a girl whom the older student liked. News reports featured CCTV footage of the older students carrying the victim into the parking garage and trying to wake him, to no effect. Online, the tragedy fueled the regular debate about why young people these days seem depraved and violent in a way different from all previous generations.

Article from SBS:

Middle School Student Dies in Gang Beating Triggered by Rumor

(Transcript of news report)

A basement garage in an apartment in Incheon.

A large group of students come with one being carried on another’s back.

They lay him on the floor and try to administer first aid, but he doesn’t regain consciousness.

The incident began with a false rumor.

A high school freshman called the middle school student to meet him at this apartment building.

The high school student had heard that the younger boy was dating a girl he liked and began to beat him.

A student witness: “It was because of rumors.”
Reporter: “Did you meet the girl?”
Student: “Yes, I met the girl he liked.”

13 middle school students observed the beating, some took part, the rest just watched.

There were numerous witnesses, but none of them made anyone aware of it.

A representative from the apartment: “It takes one hour to make a complete patrol of the apartment complex, so then it must have all happened within one hour right here…”

The victim’s mother: (at the hospital) “They said they tried to shake my son awake, but he didn’t respond.”

Police have filed charges with prosecutors against a student with the last name of Kim, who is alleged to have led the violence, as well as another student.

However, the family of the deceased student have demanded that the other students who participated in the crime should also be punished.

Comments from Facebook:


Ah, the interview with the victim’s mother.. Really, kids who would do something like this are highly likely to go on to do even more serious crimes when they grow older unless they are stopped now.. We must send the people who beat him to prison.. They beat him with the intent to kill, why does it matter how old they are…


Those who just stood by and watched should also be carted off to jail– Anyway the laws in our country are useless. Will the children of National Assembly members have to die in order to see the law change? Underage and drunk offenders can get away damn easily.


Goddammit, seeing shit like this makes me so frustrated. They call them human beings?


Stuff like this comes out every day and what do they do about it? It just keeps going on, but the idiots in charge just care about protecting their position and don’t do anything. No wonder we end up looking like a backward, developing country.


It wasn’t even over a girlfriend, just a girl he liked.. Don’t excuse them just because they are young. The kids who beat them, the ones who watched. Punish them all so this won’t happen again.


And they are still being treated as children?? They should be treated like adults. When I was young, people also talked about how kids were bad, but the young people nowadays are just in another league altogether. Even during our day, if an adult scolded us, we wouldn’t talk back to them. But now adults are too scared to say a word to young people.


Do you think they will live their lives miserably with the memory of what they did? Bullshit. They would feel sorry only after they grow old, have a child, and have that child be beaten.

JiEun Mindy Kim:

Crazy bastard, if he liked the girl, then he should have solved the problem with her in the first place. Why did he have to take it out on the boy… Son of a bitch…The Youth Protection Act is crap… What about the victim who couldn’t be protected? All rotten..

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  • 이런 미친년들…. sometimes I’m glad I don’t live in the shithole called 대한민국.

    • dk2020

      Canada is just a utopia of justice and peace? Yeah right ..

    • B.

      “These damn bitches”? Care to make some sense?

      • it was obviously the girls fault, she couldn’t keep her fucking boji shut

  • Jay K.

    Hammurabai’s Code mothafucka!

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Set an example, now, before it escalates.

    • markus peg

      Set an example, North Korean style!..

      Joking aside, this is disgusting, though it has happened in many places around the world, its still sad to see stories like this. All who took part need to be punished regardless of age.

  • yeah give them all death penalty, get rid of scum now.

  • wafflestomp

    They should give small charges to all the useless fucking witnesses. You’re no better than a killer if all you do is watch.

  • Guest

    jesus… wow what pathetic guys. beating a younger kid cause he has more balls then the older one and asked out the girl.

    poor kid and his family. :(

  • dk2020

    How old was the kid in middle school? 12 or 13? A damn shame .. but I don’t think the high school kids beating on him meant to kill him either or anybody expected that ..

    None of you guys ever been in fights before in school? I’ve gotten jumped a couple times.. boys will fight over petty shit especially over a girl .. it’s tragic what happened but I don’t think those kids deserve to get locked up for the rest of their lives for it ..

    • Guest

      there is a difference between 2 boys having a fair fight and 13 high schoolers beating a middle schooler to death.

    • pingu777

      Maybe they should be charged for 2nd and 4th degree murder. Even if they didn’t mean to kill that doesn’t mean they didn’t kill someone in the end.

  • commander

    The prevailing sentiment over a beaten death of a middle school student is disbelief and calls for toughened punishment of onlookers as well as the main culprit. I agree on it although the offender might not intend to kill the rumored love rival.

    The perpetrator must have been unaware of a fact of life: love is one of several things that cannot be had in a way that a person wants. His rashness and the absense of a maturer peer stopping him spelled the tragic death.

    The beating in a fit of anger will probably give him the lifelong stigma of a murderer and the victim’s family the unerasible scar.

    Many commentators expressed their furor over spectators just watching. But in today’s world of indifference to others, a seasoned adult would be empirically know that no intervention in a passing stranger’s affair is the best not to be entangled in a headache problem if no annoyance is obviously involved.

    Thus, the group of standbys might represent a cross section of a present-day growing apathetic society.

    Frankly speaking, I might turn a blind eye when I see an injustice on the street, though I can make a call to policr depending on circumatances.

    Crimes of the passion of love are not rare among adults. But the problem is that feelings in adolescence that are supposed to be the most prinistine in life are tainted by a criminal act that cannot be made by a person in love.

  • guest

    13 vs. 1???? I think everyone who involved is guilty, even those who watched. Bullying is a serious crime. Make an example out of this case so that when this happens again, someone will know to stand up for victims.

  • chucky3176

    To the parents of that victimized boy, don’t expect any meaningful punishment of the murderers who killed the boy and the murderers who watched. Based on past cases, those murderers will have their identities protected, will get slapped on the wrists, and allowed to go onto universities and become upstanding members of the Korean society. If I were you, I would take the justice unto my own hands. I can start with tracking down the murderers, harass them on the phone until they go crazy, and then finally making sure they get the same treatment. Unfortunately, there are no punishments for kid criminals in Korea. Schools, all they care about are their reputation, so they’ll look the other way and deny there are problems with bullying and violence. If the crimes in schools aren’t covered up, then the schools aren’t doing their jobs.

    Koreans wonder why kids are becoming like this. Just look at the education system. The emphasis is nothing but getting high scores on exams, they don’t teach anything other than math, science, and reading. That’s about sums up the Korean school system – get high marks and everything is forgiven, that’s all that matters. Ethics? Who needs ethics? Manners? Who needs manners? Morality? Who needs that? When the Korean society’s basic goal in life can be summed up in one sentence: making money and looking good to your friends and neighbors, what do they expect?

    • commander

      Despite the peceived problem with public education system in South Korea, it is still unclear whether juvenile deliquency is a result of educational problems.

      Complex factors are involved with teenage wrongdoings: Financial hardship, broken families, personal character of a troublemaking student, and a problematic educational climate that puts the top priority on higher scores in exams.

      I think education is more associated with opportunies opening up prospects of a success for students while a happy family is linked with helping a child walk on a right path without stranding into crimes.

      The absence of any serious misconduct at private schools offering quality education is credited not with well round education there–non existent– but with parental guidance and care for their children.

      In this regard, I think it is extremly important for the government to provide a broader, enhanced welfare net for disintegrated families.

      Many anti-welfare market advocate argue the wastefulness of state welfare spending, claiming possible economic benefits when otherwise invested, say, in research and development.

      Among many invisible effects that are excluded in welfare opposers’ calculations is the social integration that will slash horrendous crimes and change potential criminals into legitimateembers of society.

      Abnormalties, including negligent homicide by a teenage battery, underscore the direction the nation should take a step: a broad-based welfare enhancement.

      • chucky3176

        Commander, with all due respect, I don’t think school violence has anything to do with broken homes or low economic levels of the families. I bet your last dime, those killer kids are good students from your typical middle class Korean families. How much you want to bet? Of course this is also something to do with parenting. Fathers who don’t spend time with their family, instead working or spending times in room salons. Mothers who only care that their precious kids get high marks – damned the other qualities that come with an all around education.

        • holdingrabbits

          I agree, this crime smells like privilege.

        • commander

          Determining the root cause of alarmingly growing school violence–diverse combinations of socioecomic factors or crippled school education as the primary element–hinges critically on an empirical study.

          But your argument also sounds admitting even some inexplicable psychopathic crimes–a seemingly normal student from a typical middle class family with not too bad scores and several friends to hang around commiting horrible acts–come ultimately from the lack of parental affection.

          What I want to say is that punishment is hardly effective detterence against potential offenses, especially for some volatile psychopathes.

          Thus the primary focus should be on teenage crimes prevention, with the proviso that any assailants should be subject to tightened punishment as all wrongdoers must shoulder due responsibility.

          We might have more common ground than at first glance.

      • Go YoYo

        Is it a breakdown of schooling, ethics, family, government, education policy, or a lack of strong enough law enforcement? Is it the same thing, or is it something different?

        Have these cases happened when the younger child snaps, stands up for him or her-self, and beats the older child? How would that be perceived? Is it the same thing, or is it something different?

        The article eludes to adults being scared of today’s youth. Have children also beaten up on adults? Was were the reasons? I suspect 2 possible reasons: 1. psychopathic violence, 2. too much pressure from expectations set by adults. In the case of psychopathic violence the perpetrators should be dealt with strictly and should receive stringent penalties that send signals within the society that this behavior is not acceptable by anyone.

        In the case of pressures that cause a person to snap, there are two possibilities. First, the aggressor snaps and beats his victim – in this case I read it as the high school boy couldn’t handle the insult of the younger boy dating “his girl” . A second case would arise when the aggressor who is being beaten, stands up for himself, and beats up the aggressor. In this case, what if the middle school boy stood his ground, defended himself, and killed the high school boy in the process? How would this situation be perceived and prosecuted? I believe most would consider this case very differently.

        My assumption is that in most non-psychopathic cases of violence including youth the aggressor is older – an older peer or an adult – making them hierarchically senior to the one being victimized. This junior-senior relationship is basic and essential to Korean culture. Korean language and social etiquette dictate this relationship. ‘Hyung’, the older boy, and the middle school boy each knew their respective “rights” and “obligations”, RESPECTively as ‘gap’ and ‘ul’ (wordplay intended).

        How about if the result was not in death, but rather in injury? How about when a man oversteps a woman? A father oversteps a family member? Or a boss oversteps an employee? And what if the result was instead suicide, stress, loss of personal time, use of vacation days, advancement. These are all very real issues that occur daily as a result of what?

        Perhaps both of these students are the victims of the over-application of Korean cultural values. Is it the same thing, or is it something different?

    • lasolitaria

      Who says it’s the school job to teach your kid ethics, morals and manners? That’s silly. It the parents’ job and it should be done at home, sometime between the “working my ass off to make more money than the Kims” and the “drinking till I’m blind”. If parents in Korea are as eager to hand over the problem and quick to blame the schools as you, no wonder youths are like this.

    • SalarymaninSeoul

      I think this is a very good idea and if he were my son I would not choose to go on living until I had wiped out the main killer and those who participated.

  • Mai

    Koreans have a major jealousy problem.

    • vonskippy

      When your penis is that small, what more can they do but stomp their little feet and wave their little hands. Nature can be so cruel.

  • parvizr

    Lookin more and more like murka guys.

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  • Kate

    Now I understand why some of my students (business guys) warned me about the high school boys I lived near……I told them my home was near a high school and they said very seriously “You have to be careful around high school boys”. I thought they were joking….but they were very serious about it.

    • Rez

      There was a report I read that said that in many societies in Asia where males are more dominant in society, the rapists are more likely to be in their teens. It also found that where segregation occurs, the rapist will rape male or female.

  • Alice Pan

    Well he’s def not gonna get the girl now.

  • vonskippy

    Police have filed charges with prosecutors against a student with
    the last name of Kim, who is alleged to have led the violence, as well
    as another student…..named Kim. They asked the first witness, named Kim, who said his friend, also named Kim saw it too. Both Kim’s said another kid, named Kim also attacked the victim, helping the first Kim and the second Kim beat up the victim. It’s rumoured that 4 or 5 more non-related Kim’s also stood by and watched.

  • Ryan Kim

    This is why Koreans need the Kim Family and Park Chung Hee to keep these fuckers in check.

  • bultak23

    The parents are to blame for setting a bad example for these teens, they are just mimicking the adults they know around them.

    [12:17] Ji Kang Zi asked Confucius about leading. Confucius replied saying: “To ‘lead’ means to ‘rectify.’If you were to lead the people with correctness (lead by example), who would not be rectified?”

    [12-18] 季康子患盜、問於孔子。孔子對曰。苟子之不欲、雖賞之不竊。

    계강자환도하여 문어공자한대 공자대왈 구자지불욕이면 수상지라도 부절하리라.
    (季康子患盜 問於孔子 孔子對曰 苟子之不欲 雖賞之 不竊) -논어, 안연 제18장-
    * 근심 환(患). 흠칠 도(盜). 진실로 구(苟). 비록 수(雖). 상줄 상(賞)

  • Timeless Love

    these kind of people are true brutes

  • Kennedy Jamal

    Normal in Asia .. cuz u ain’t got the balls ain’t my fault ..

  • Kiwi

    So killing him would get him all the girls? Hmm.

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