A teacher in his 40s was acquitted of child abuse charges after calling and scolding an elementary school student who was talking during class. The court judged that there was reason to take into account the teacher’s somewhat excessive discipline against a student who had acted in a way that harmed another student.
According to the legal community on the 21st안전놀이터, Chief Judge Hwang Hyeong-joo of the Ulsan District Court 2 Criminal Act acquitted Mr. A, who was handed over to trial for violating the Special Act on the Punishment of Child Abuse Crimes.
Mr. A, a homeroom teacher at an elementary school in Ulsan, called out to the front when student B made a noise during class in 2021. Ms. A scolded the other students, saying, “Tell him what he did wrong.”
In addition, when Group B asked if she could leave school 5 minutes earlier than regular class, saying, “I think I will be late for class at the study room,” Mr. A ordered Group B to clean the classroom alone.
To student C, who had a quarrel with a friend, he scolded him, saying, “Even if the teacher doesn’t listen to you, I want to hit him with a stick”
In this way, Mr. A was charged with emotionally abusing 5 students a total of 15 times.
However, the court saw that Mr. A’s words and actions could not be regarded as abusing her child.
It was judged that Mr. A, as her homeroom teacher, had scolded some students who had not been able to concentrate on class and had acted as a nuisance to other students or had behaved suspiciously of school violence.
Some students who were scolded acted by stabbing other students’ arms with writing instruments, and in a situation where parents heard that school violence was suspected, Mr. A also needed to discipline students to prevent recurrence.
The judge said, “If you look at the contents of conversations and text messages between Mr. A and the parents, it seems that he enthusiastically guided the students while fully communicating with the parents.” It cannot be evaluated as ‘emotionally abused’.”