20 Feb '12, 1pm

S. Korean students get jail terms for school bullying

SEOUL (AFP) - Two South Korean middle school students received rare prison sentences on Monday for brutally and regularly bullying a classmate who later committed suicide. The court in the south-eastern city of Daegu sentenced the two, both 15-years-old, to imprisonment for three and a half years and three years. They were found guilty of beating and insulting their classmate over several months. The victim jumped from an apartment building to his death last December, sparking alarm over school bullying. 'Prison sentences are inevitable for the defendants as the court cannot deal loosely with them given the dire reality of rampant school violence,' judge Yang Ji Jeong said in a statement quoted by Yonhap news agency.

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