Solbi Swept Up In Controversy For Her Instagram Post About Busan Student Assault Incident

On September 4, singer Solbi used her personal Instagram as a platform to express her thoughts in regards to the Busan student assault incident.

Earlier on September 1, it was revealed that female middle school students “A” and “B” severely assaulted student “C” near a factory located in Sasang District, Busan. Though there was no threat to the victim’s life, many are expressing concern towards the unfortunate incident.

Likewise, Solbi voiced her concern in an Instagram post. She uploaded a drawing of the two students involved, along with her thoughts about the incident. However, some netizens began to heavily criticize Solbi for being “inappropriate” with her statement.

The post reads as follows:

“Society presently has too many cases of juvenile delinquency. In school violence, there is the victim, the assailant, and the bystander. I think we all have some degree of responsibility [for incidents like these]. For the sake of the students who have to become an assailant in order to not be a victim, it is important to address and control the issue of school violence. It should be well known that such crime is one of high-level.

I hope that through this student’s pain, there will be no others who have to experience the same pain. I wish her a speedy recovery.”

Some netizens agreed with Solbi, but others condemned her post. They commented, “To say that it’s everybody’s responsibility means that you didn’t think about the victim’s side,” and “So that means the perpetrators are victims of society, and it’s all of our fault? If the victim’s family saw this, how mad would they be.” They even accused Solbi of simply trying to attract attention by saying, “If you can’t understand the situation, then just stay still. You’re writing this kind of post in order to attract attention.”

Solbi has since deleted the post and issued a formal apology through another post on Instagram.

안녕하세요. 솔비입니다. 제 글이 의도한 바와 다르게 많은 분들의 마음을 불편하게 해드린것 같습니다. 먼저 사과드립니다. 여러분들도 같은 마음이시겠지만 여중생 사건 관련 기사를 접한 후 정말 놀라고 안타까웠습니다. 그래서 감정적인 마음으로 글을 올린 게, 오해의 소지를 만든 것 같습니다. 이전 글을 내린 건 '이번 일이 우리 모두의 책임'이라는 말이, 가해자를 옹호하거나, 혹은 불특정 다수의 책임으로 본다는 오해를 불러일으킬 수 있다는 많은 분들의 지적이 맞다고 생각했기 때문입니다. 제 마음을 표현하기에 앞서 사태를 더 폭넓게 생각했는지, 또 제가 생각한 의미가 제대로 전달되는지 확인했어야 하는데, 이로 인해 불편하셨다면 죄송합니다. 사실, 최근 불거진 아동, 청소년과 관련된 폭력과 범죄 뉴스를 보며 생각이 많아졌습니다. 학내 폭행, 일진, 점점 잔인해지는 아동 청소년 범죄 등에 대해 우리 사회가 가진 법과 제도는 그에 맞게 제대로 정비돼 있는지, 법과 제도가 피해자를 위해 바르게 작동하는지, 사회와 어른들의 인식 개선이 필요한 것은 아닌지 등 이런 저런 생각이 많아졌습니다. 그런 개인적인 생각의 조각들이 다듬어지지 않고 날것으로 SNS를 통해 표현되다보니 제 마음과 다르게 전달된 것 같습니다. 저는 대중에게 즐거움을 드리는 연예인이기에 앞서 대한민국에 사는 한 국민으로서 좋은 어른이 되고 싶습니다. 좋은 어른이 되기 위해 좀 더 신중하게 고민하며 제가 할 수 있는 일을 찾아가도록 노력하겠습니다.

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In the post, she said, “Contrary to my intent, my words have made many people uncomfortable. I apologize.”

She continued, “Probably as the same with everyone else, I was so surprised when I first read about the unfortunate incident. So that is why I emotionally posted what I thought, and it became a source of misunderstanding.”

Meanwhile, Solbi has been known to be vocal about societal problems in the past. She has been counseling people through the phone and social networking sites on World Suicide Prevention Day for six years. Even amidst antis disapproving of her, she has always wanted to contribute to society due to the love and encouragement she has been receiving from fans.

Top photo credit: Xportsnews.

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