Graduates "forced to strip naked": ROK police   2010-02-24 16:42:48 FeedbackPrintRSS

Video: S Korean youths naked in graduation ceremonies

Naked students (Photo: Global Times)

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korean police investigators said the teenagers whose naked images appeared online recently were actually threatened into stripping off by some high school seniors, media reported Wednesday.

Last week, the Internet community was shaken by images of some 40 S Korean teenagers, pictured naked and piling up in a human pyramid and other forms of physical group punishment.

The photos were of a "graduation wrap-up party" in a middle school in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province.

According to the victims, they received short messages from the seniors before the ceremony, telling them to join the naked celebration and warned of serious consequences if they refused to come.

S Korean President Lee Myung-bak called the problem a "cultural issue" and a " serious illness" in society, promising to reside over a monthly meeting on changing the public education system.



Aggressors in naked graduation scandal to face sexual violence charges: Police

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Those responsible for forcing teenagers to strip naked in a graduation ceremony at a South Korean middle school are to face sexual violence charges, according to police officials.

The person who uploaded the video clip on the Internet will also be questioned and may also face criminal charges, said police officials. Full story

Naked graduates shock ROK president

BEIJING, Feb. 23 -- South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said Monday that education reform is one of the country's top agenda items this year, promising to reside over a monthly meeting on changing the public education system.

"Education reform is one of the primary tasks of our government this year," Lee said in his biweekly radio address. Full story

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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