“Even the eighth village is revealed”… Controversy over disclosure of personal information of parents of Daejeon teacher perpetrators

A social media account has appeared revealing the identities of those who have continuously filed complaints against a Daejeon elementary school teacher who is known to have made an extreme choice due to ‘malicious complaints’ and complaints from parents . Some say it is a reward for inappropriate behavior as a parent, but concerns are growing that secondary damage may occur due to indiscriminate leakage of personal information.

An account posting a post exposing the identity of a parent known to have persistently filed complaints against a Daejeon elementary school teacher appeared on the social networking service Instagram on the 11th.

The account introduction says, ‘We are revealing the faces of the murderer who caused the suicide of a 24-year female teacher at a Daejeon elementary school and her children, as well as her in-laws’ cousins.’

This account was opened the day before with the purpose of exposing the identity of the parent identified as the perpetrator. About 40 posts containing personal information and criticism, including the faces, phone numbers, addresses, and occupations of the parents involved, are registered.

In one post, the administrator said, “Some people may say I’m crossing the line, but I don’t care,” and added, “A family was ruined because of those devils. “Her husband lost his beloved wife, and their two children lost their beloved mother.”

He then wrote, “I want to remind them of their mistakes using the method of ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,’” and “I want to eradicate the fundamental cause of this incident that caused social outrage.”

This account gained explosive response and support, gaining over 7,150 followers in just one day. However, the account was suspended by Instagram due to reports by the parties involved and inappropriate expressions. Afterwards, posts related to the personal details of the perpetrator’s parents are being posted again under the account name Season 2, saying, “If you’re going to back down, you haven’t even started.”

Netizens reacted positively, saying, “It’s natural to point fingers when the perpetrator is obvious,” “Thank you for doing a good thing,” “Please never back down,” and “A young student is courageous for doing something that even adults can’t do.”

The administrator responded to some netizens who threatened to report them if they did not take down the post, saying, “If you want to try it, try it. He countered by saying, “I am a 10-year-old boy under the law,” and claimed that he was a minor under the age of 14.

On the DC Inside Chokbeop Boy Gallery, an online community, a support post was posted, calling the account operator a ‘modern-day Hong Gil-dong’ and saying, “If a lawsuit is filed, please open a fundraising account.”

Personal information revealed through SNS … Are there any legal problems?

This account not only exposes the names and phone numbers of parents who have been identified as perpetrators, but also posts photos of their faces composited with portraits and crude mocking comments pointing out their children’s appearances. Some netizens expressed concerns about side effects, such as “It would be better to erase the child’s face,” “Crimes should be punished according to the law,” “What is the difference between revealing the identity of the perpetrator?” and “If you make an assumption based on inaccurate information, you may be sued.” .

Experts also pointed out that such private sanctions, even if they have public interest, can be subject to legal punishment, including violation of the Information and Communications Network Act.

Attorney Song Hye-mi of Opeth Law Office said, “If personal information is revealed along with insulting content, there is a possibility of violating Articles 49 and 70 of the Information and Communications Network Act.” “A person who defames another person by revealing facts publicly shall be punished by imprisonment for up to 3 years or by a fine of up to 30 million won.”

According to Article 2 of the same law, if you defame someone by revealing false facts for the purpose of slander, you can be punished by imprisonment for up to 7 years and by a fine of up to 50 million won.

Attorney Song said, “There are precedents where people have been punished even though바카라사이트 the public interest in disclosing personal information is strong, such as ‘Bad Fathers,’ which discloses the personal information of people who have not paid child support. However, in the case of juveniles under the law, civil damages are incurred by parents who are supervisors. He added, “The case ends at an age when compensation is possible but punishment is not possible.”

Baek Se-hee, a lawyer at DKL Partners Law Office, also said, “If the conditions such as ‘purpose for the public interest’ or ‘no purpose to slander’ are met, defamation may not be committed. However, he added, “However, it may not be committed directly in a specific case.” “It is difficult to say that these requirements are met when personal information is disclosed to an unspecified number of unrelated members of the public,” he explained.

Increasing private retaliation… Influence of distrust in investigative agenciesAs the case becomes public, some analysts say that the increase in the number of personal details of individuals who have been the subject of criticism is being disclosed on social media is a social phenomenon linked to distrust of investigative agencies and technological advancement.

Kim Yoon-tae, a professor of sociology at Korea University, said, “ The increasing number of people taking private revenge through the disclosure of personal information on social media can be seen as a social phenomenon.” He added, “Less trust in public investigative agencies and growing dissatisfaction lead to action, and the heroic psychology of personally pursuing justice. “It seems to have worked,” he said.

Professor Kim also added, “It appears that the desire for private revenge is intertwined with the development of technology,” and added, “With the development of technology, it has become easy to find personal information through SNS , and a situation has arisen where technology cannot protect privacy.” .

Previously, Mr. A, a teacher in his 40s, was found unconscious at his home in Yuseong-gu, Daejeon on the 5th after making an extreme choice. She was later taken to the hospital, but died around 6 p.m. on the 7th, two days later.

The Daejeon Teachers’ Union reported that Mr. A, who has been a teacher for 20 years, has suffered from malicious complaints from parents for several years after sending a student who assaulted a friend at an elementary school in Yuseong-gu to the principal’s office in 2019. In 2020, he was sued for false child abuse. He reportedly moved his workplace to another elementary school this year, but continued to complain of trauma.Previously, at a restaurant known to be run by one of the perpetrator’s parents, a food terror attack occurred, with citizens throwing ketchup, flour, etc. Ultimately, the restaurant’s franchise headquarters took action to suspend operations at this business location.

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