Teacher caught taking hefty bribes
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Teacher caught taking hefty bribes

Original article in Korean is at this link.

An elementary school teacher is being investigated by police on suspicion of accepting ten million won worth of goods, including name-brand handbags, from over over 10 parents.

The Bundang Police Station in Gyeonggi-do announced on the first that it has arrested without detention 45-year old Ms. B, a first-grade teacher at elementary school “A”, for accepting 10,160,000 won worth of goods, including a Luis Vuitton handbag worth 1,260,000 won, from 14 parents over a two and a half year period.

According to police,  Ms. B worked at the Bundang school, which is attended by many wealthy students, from March 26, 2008 through June 28, 2010, and on 22 occasions accepted name-brand bags and cashier’s checks from parents of students in her class.

Ms. B was caught after police were alerted last year by parents of a new student. A member of the police said that “we are verifying each piece of evidence including the statements of parents and the items Ms. B received… it appears to be a bad crime as it constitutes multiple instances of bribery.” As to whether parents who gave the goods will be arrested, “the parents say they voluntarily gave the gifts but they will not be arrested in consideration of the fact that they were in a weak position in their relationship with the teacher.”

Police have informed the local Office of Education of the investigation of Ms. B. Ms. B said that “I never asked for bags or money and will gave my statement later… I am very saddened.” However, she had “nothing to say” about the accusations.

The school has said they will carry out an appropriate punishment after the Office of Education decides. An official with the school said that ‘we have not heard anything from them yet… we will monitor the situation until the facts come out in court.”

It’s a little surprising to see the parents let off the hook completely. I mean, on the one hand it’s great to see police actually decide not to pad their arrest statistics, but on the other hand if you’ve got a bunch of people openly admitting to a crime, shouldn’t you do something about that?

Anyway, the best gift I ever got from a parent was a scarf and some socks.