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Controversy spread over letter of consolation over ‘military mockery’… 20,000 people agree to petition to ban coercion :: Daejeon Ilbo

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More than 20,000 people participated in a petition by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education to abolish the practice of forcing students to write consolation letters to military personnel.

According to the citizen petition bulletin board of the Seoul Office of Education on the 13th, the petition titled ‘Please stop forcing a letter of consolation on minors’ has been signed by 20,210 people as of 8:00 pm that day.

The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education operates a system in which the superintendent of education or an office of education official responds directly to a petition that has been signed by more than 10,000 citizens or more than 1,000 students within 30 days.

Recently, in an online community, a photo of a military consolation letter marked as a female high school student in Seoul has spread, causing controversy. This letter, written on the 30th of last month, contained ridiculing content such as ‘There will be many trials in life, but shouldn’t he be a man who has to overcome this level?’

The students are said to have claimed that they were “forced to write a letter” at school.

The school said on its website the day before, “We are very sorry that the original purpose and meaning of the event were severely distorted due to inappropriate expressions of some of the condolence letters.” We will pay close attention so that the purpose and purpose of the company are not undermined.”

The Seoul Office of Education is preparing an answer as the petition has received more than 10,000 signatures, and before that, Superintendent Jo Hee-yeon will express his position through SNS.

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