Park-police-social ills

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye called for police Thursday to redouble efforts to eradicate four major "social ills," such as school violence and sexual violence, saying she is committed to building a nation where the law serves as a shield for the socially weak.

"I promised before the people that I will certainly root out the four major social ills, which are sexual violence, school violence, home-wrecking crimes and substandard food, and will make a nation where law becomes a shield for the socially weak," Park said in a speech at the graduation ceremony of the Korea National Police University.

"Our police have a central role to play in realizing that promise," she said.

Park issued a similar instruction a day earlier amid public outrage over the suicide earlier this week of a teenager after repeated bullying from peers.

On Monday, a 15-year-old high school student jumped to his death from his 23rd-floor apartment home in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan. He left a suicide note saying he had constantly suffered from beatings and other abuse by five peers since 2011.

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