2 years' jail for teacher who slapped girl for not eating kimchi
Her action shocked a nation: The teacher was caught on camera slapping a 4-year-old child so hard that she flew across the room.
The incident took place in January this year when the girl was forced to eat her kimchi but spat it out.
The 33-year-old teacher, whom netizens identified by the surname Yang, has been charged with child abuse.SOURCE: YOUTUBE/ D.A.BEATS
This week, the Incheon District Court sentenced the educator to two years imprisonment for assault and child abuse.
She also has to attend 120 hours of a child abuse program.
The judge said of the teacher who taught at a childcare centre one hour west of Seoul:
"The defendant should have watched over the safety and health of the children of the daycare as a teacher.
"Instead she lost their trust in the serious crime she committed."
He came to the decision after "also (considering) the victim's suffering as a high level of abuse".
Investigators said the teacher admitted she punched the child but said it was part of discipline measures to correct the child's bad habit.
She had denied the prosecution's charges of emotional abuse.
The court, however, said of the remaining charges:
"When we look at the age of the victims, the act was severe and excessive.
"The act was equivalent to inflicting emotional abuse and affecting the emotional and physical health of the victims."
Sources: Allkpop.com, YouTube, The Korea Observer, The Straits Times
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