“Why do ‘high school girls’ comfort soldiers?” The victims of the ‘Condolence Letter Controversy at Jinmyung Girls’ High School’ are students, not soldiers or schools

Captured from the Blue House National Petition

A petition was posted on the bulletin board of the Blue House. The title is ‘Please ban letters of consolation forced by girls’ high schools.’ He was conscious of the recent controversial incident when a condolence letter from a student at Jinmyung Girls’ High School was posted on the Internet community. Since 1961, Jinmyung Girls’ High School is a military base that has been affiliated with the school and has had students write consolation letters.

The incident started with an online community. On the evening of the 11th, a user posted a picture of a letter and a conversation he had with an acquaintance in the military. The conversation seemed to flow in the direction of the consolation letter he received from his motive, and then it led to the content of uploading ‘Aggro’ to the Internet. The publisher said that he had erased the harsh words he used, but in the remainder of the conversation, he said, “If North Korea fires a missile, it happens… ” There were also contents that seemed to insult the student who wrote the letter.

Conversation from the first publisher

However, the arrows of criticism were directed at the students of Jinmyung Girls’ High School, not the school that forced the letter of consolation, not the parties who talked about dragging ‘Aggro’. After the incident spread, the head of an academy in Mok-dong wrote an absurd post on his Instagram saying, “I will discharge all students from Jinmyung Girls’ High School,” and it led to random robberies and photo synthesis of students, resulting in unfair victims. also did In addition, on the 12th, the Gangseoyangcheon Office of Education under the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced that it would provide special scholarship guidance to Jinmyung Girls’ High School, causing further controversy.

The school did not protect the students from excessive malicious comments and theft of personal information, and the students had to protect themselves. They confessed through SNS such as Twitter, “I even received guidelines to follow when writing condolence letters,” and confessed experiences such as “If I don’t write, I deducted an hour of volunteer time” and “I had to pay my own money to buy stationery.” He also criticized the school’s unfair practices for compelling them to write consolation letters.

In particular, the ‘do not write personal information (student)’ in the guideline was written to prevent stalking and ‘discovery’. It caused controversy.

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Jinmyung Girls’ High School Student Twitter Post

The following is an article by a veteran about the consolation letter in 2013. If you look at the post, you can see how consolation letters written by female students are consumed within the military base.

“All high school girls’ letters are for seniors. Private receives a letter from elementary school students” “It’s a letter of consolation to high school girls.. just thinking about it makes me so excited” “I think the letter smells like freesia” It contains content that appears to be used as a title.

Netizens who shared an anecdote about the letter of consolation

If you look at the controversial letter, there is no profanity or anything that demeans the military. There was only one line of dissatisfaction with the school that forced them to write. Is it really the right thing to force students to focus on their studies to write consolation letters, and is it correct for Jinmyung Girls’ High School to focus on protecting the status of the school while ignoring students suffering from sexual harassment, death threats and personal information? .

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Fax contents sent by netizens to Jinmyung Girls’ High School

After several days of excessive cyberbullying, some netizens voluntarily sent a fax to Jinmyung Girls’ High School saying, “Protect students, not the honor of the school.” facebook pageWe will support the deletion of illegal synthetic photos that seriously infringe upon the human rights of victims,” he said.

Broadcaster and critic Jin Joong-kwon, a former professor at Dongyang University, also posted on his Facebook page, “The condolence letters are a remnant of the Japanese colonial rule. Jinmyeong Girls’ High School, recognizing the seriousness of the incident, also informed the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education today that it has decided not to engage in consolation letter volunteer activities.

When there is a strangely controversial issue, the arrows of criticism are always directed at women. Without even paying attention to the wrongdoing of the person concerned and the unfair treatment he was subjected to in the first place. And the criticism has become a kind of ‘losing sport’ rather than a just criticism, nurturing unfair victims every time.

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