A court ruled Tuesday that a high school in Gyeonggi Province did not overstep its authority in dismissing a male teacher who forced a group of trainee teachers to drink “love shots” against their will at an evening get-together party.
A “love shot” is when two people drink with arms entwined, a drinking ritual meant to boost teamwork and forge closer relationships but which is often abused by male superiors.
The teacher also sullied the dignity of educators by making unwanted physical contact with them, it said, siding with the school’s decision to dismiss him.
“The teacher apparently forced trainee teachers to drink excessively and made unwanted physical contact with them. His behavior is tantamount to compromising the dignity of all teachers here,” the Seoul Administrative Court said.
We first read about this story 13 months ago, only then four teachers were involved. From the Korea Times in May, 2009:
According to the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, the four teachers invited the college students to an evening drinking outing on April 6. Later that night, they also suggested them to go to a singing room, which the college students rejected.
Then, the teachers told the college students that they wouldn't get good grades on their on-the-job-training unless they'd join. At the singing room, the teachers sexually harassed the students that included touching their hips and hugging.
"Hips," of course, being Konglish for butt. Of interest at the time, apparently, is that of the four teachers involved, three were of the "progressive," political, and controversial Korean Teachers & Education Workers' Union (전국교직원노동조합).