An unnamed Korean politician is rumored to have played a role in a Korean Elementary School teacher’s suicide death.
On July 19, Seoul Metropolitan Office Of Education revealed that an Elementary School teacher took their own life at an Elementary School in the glitzy neighborhood of Seocho-gu in Gangnam, Seoul. The teacher had just begun his teaching career and was a homeroom teacher for first graders.
According to the education office, the teacher was found dead at the school before students arrived.
The teacher was found before the students arrived. Due to the shock students would receive, the teacher’s absence was announced to be in lieu of a business trip/sick leave.
— Seoul Metropolitan Office Of Education
According to Seoul’s teacher’s union, the teacher had struggled with persistent complaints from a parent while handling a school-bullying incident. A Digital Times reported stated that the parent is alleged to be a politician.
On July 20, Han Ki Ho, an assemblyman based in Seocho-gu, denied any involvement in the teacher’s death.
In a statement, the politician revealed that none of his family attended the school.
I would like to emphatically deny my involvement in this incident in which my name has been brought up. My family members do not attend that school.
— Han Ki Ho
Meanwhile, the nation is in shock, with many wondering how bad the harassment was to have caused a newly-appointed teacher to end their own life.
Stay tuned for updates.