|A public petition posted on the Cheong Wa Dae website, Thursday, calling for harsh punishment for students accused of assaulting a Mongolian teenager, has garnered over 170,000 signatures as of 2 p.m., Sunday. Captured from Cheong Wa Dae website|
By Lee Hyo-jin
Calls are mounting for strong punishment for four middle school students who have been accused of assaulting a classmate from Mongolia.
The four students living in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, whose identities were withheld, have been accused of beating the 14-year-old girl for about six hours starting at midnight, July 3.
The victim was a middle school student who moved to Korea from Mongolia about 10 years ago.
They tied the victim's hands and legs and punched her in the head and face multiple times, and wrote racial slurs on her forehead, according to Yangsan Police Station. The students filmed the act and later distributed the video among fellow students, offering to sell the footage for 5,000 won ($4), according to police.
A public petition was posted on the Cheong Wa Dae website, Thursday, calling for harsh punishment for the students and the disclosure of their identities. It has garnered over 170,000 signatures as of 2 p.m., Sunday.
"I demand a thorough police investigation into the case, followed by strong punishment of the four students. If they do not face legal punishment (due to their age) I want their parents to be held responsible," wrote the petitioner.
The police said they have handed two students over to prosecutors after charging them with group assault, Oct. 28. The other two were sent to the juvenile department of Ulsan District Court, as minors aged 14 or younger cannot be held criminally responsible under current laws.