Liu Yifei was bullied in school in Korea and became a hot topic again. Liu was bullied by foreign students while studying abroad. Some netizens even found comments on Douyin claiming to have “bullied” Liu Yifei and now she needs to rely on her fans.
Has the abuser reached the point where they can openly talk about their actions without fear?
“Uninformed people fear her, incompetent people envy her, shameless people slander her, unscrupulous people bite her, but she still grew up well.”
Bullying knows no nationality, gender, or even reason.
You might have this perception: Why do media always expose school bullying in Korea? Why do Koreans enjoy bullying others? Do Korean dramas always have bullying themes?
Recently, the hit Korean drama “Dark Hole” has ignited the wave of “school bullying” plot, and the revenge story of Ma-ri-soo has also hit the trending topics.
Apart from fictional stories, “Dark Hole” is actually based on a true story.
In 2006, a violent incident of “Cheongju Girls’ High School” occurred in Korea, where a female student burned another female student with a straightening iron. After researching the original incident, it even seems more brutal than what was portrayed in the drama.
The root cause of school bullying has nothing to do with any specific country.
“School bullying” is a widespread problem in many countries, and the unexposed and hidden bullying already exists in the dark corners.
However, Korea took the initiative to expose its own shortcomings.
The more malignant campus incidents are exposed, the more likely the entire society will realize the widespread existence of campus violence, and there will be a chance to open up hope.
All forms of “school bullying” may take various forms,but the ultimate goal is to inflict the heaviest possible damage on the victim’s personality.
The Korean drama “Dark Glory” has already provided a very thorough logic on this issue of campus bullying.
First, there is a complete “dehumanization” of the victim, with the law of the jungle crushing the dignity and body of the poor, and crushing the basic morality of society.
Children from poor families struggle to live in shabby and dilapidated homes, but bullies walk in wearing shoes and even ridicule them for changing shoes at the door.
Bullying perpetrators constantly seek out their targets, and Woondongin was not the first nor the last.
They will search for weak individuals who are alone and have no friends to easily become their victims.
However, bullying groups are not always united and often have many internal conflicts.
For instance, there is contempt towards Choi Hye-jeong within the group, and everyone can shame and insult her.
Related to the theme of “bullying” is the close relationship with the law of the jungle and the indifferent and strong social atmosphere.
Bullying can be covered up easily by teachers and police stations due to money, relationships, or pressure from the powerful, ignoring the existence of victims.
The cultural background of school bullying cases is different in different countries.
In South Korea, for example, there is the existence of the “juvenile court.” South Korea’s Juvenile Law tends to be lenient on juvenile crimes, leading to a bright future for juvenile offenders, while victims and their families suffer for life.
The culture of respecting elders and superiors is deeply ingrained in language and behavior, which greatly contributes to the atmosphere of school and workplace bullying.
Why Do We Keep Emphasizing the Importance of Addressing School Bullying?
Even “goddess-like” celebrities like Liu Yifei have experienced bullying in school, which highlights the prevalence of this issue. Liu Yifei, however, chose not to engage in confrontations with her Korean bullies, but rather to maintain her composure and dignity.
Moreover, due to her strong background, she did not suffer further harassment from her bullies.
For ordinary people, the impact of bullying can be exponentially greater.
Just look at the horrifying injuries suffered by Wen Dong’en in the drama “Dark Glory,” including slapping, hair pulling, punching, kicking, and even “punishment” with a curling iron…
We must take campus bullying seriously and take action to prevent it from happening.
According to recent reports, the director of the popular TV series “Dark Glory” has admitted to participating in school violence during his high school years, and was on the side of the perpetrators.
This confession has sparked renewed concern about the issue of school violence, which has long been a problem in many countries around the world.
Many parents think that school bullying is just “playful teasing” among classmates, but they don’t realize that such “playful teasing” leads countless children to destruction every year.
According to a survey conducted by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, 1 in 3 children and adolescents aged 9-17 in Korea have experienced bullying, and 1 in 5 have committed bullying.
In addition, according to a school violence survey released by the Korean Ministry of Education, verbal violence accounts for the highest proportion of school violence, reaching 35.3%, followed by collective isolation at 16.9% and physical violence at 11.8%.
In addition to Korea, children and adolescents worldwide face the risk of school violence and bullying.
How to defend yourself against school bullying?
According to a report by UNESCO, 246 million students worldwide are bullied every year on school grounds.
Bullying is often targeted at vulnerable groups, such as students who are poor or from minority groups, including those based on race, language, culture, immigration or displacement.
Students with disabilities or unusual appearances, being overweight or underweight, may also become targets of bullying.
In addition, gender identity and cultural differences are also major characteristics that may make individuals more susceptible to being bullied.
Being a victim of bullying can lead to ongoing stress, which can trigger depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more. At the same time, the likelihood of suicide increases dramatically.
How to defend yourself against campus bullying?
In addition, schools and parents should pay close attention to the physical and mental health of children, promptly intervene in cases of bullying, and provide psychological support to the victims.
When facing bullying, remember that protecting oneself should always be the top priority.