Park-school violence

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye called for fundamental solutions to school violence and other "social ills," an official said Wednesday amid public outrage over the suicide of a teenager after repeated bullying from peers.

Park issued the instruction after being briefed on the results of an emergency meeting of officials from eight government agencies responsible for handling the so-called "four major social ills" -- school violence, sexual violence, domestic violence and substandard food, the presidential official said.

Senior political secretary Lee Jung-hyun presided over the meeting, he said.

"Eradicating the four major social ills is the most basic issue that the new government pursues," Park was quoted as saying. "How can the people be happy when they shudder at these concerns?"

The meeting came two days after 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 been constantly bullied by five peers since 2011.

Officials said the government plans to hold another meeting of related agencies on Thursday to discuss measures to curb school violence. Kim Dong-yeon, a minister at the Prime Minister's Office, will chair the meeting with 10 ministries and agencies, such as police and the education ministry.

The meeting is expected to discuss such measures as installing more surveillance cameras in school, assigning more police officers tasked exclusively with handling school violence, and strengthening anti-violence education for students, officials said.

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