[LETTERS]Students need their rights protected

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[LETTERS]Students need their rights protected

I’d like to comment on a Nov. 20 article, “Ending sports violence.” I’m very surprised and feel sorry about sports violence including physical punishment and sexual assaults in middle and high schools. How is it possible for this to happen to such young students?

As the article said, they are just young students, not “sports machines.” Instead of staying in a training camp all day, they should study in regular classes. This morning, I saw another article that a new law will be enacted. The law requests a “minimum academic achievement” for students. I couldn’t agree more. Minimum academic achievement is a good way to avoid violence. In many cases, students just endure the violence because they can do nothing except sports. If they take regular classes, they can find other options when they are beaten by their seniors or coaches rather than just obeying them. In addition, it gives opportunities to succeed in a society even if they fail in their sports later.

The most serious problem is that students and coaches just accept the violence. According to the survey, the seniors and coaches don’t feel any guilt about it. It causes anger and hate, and results in a vicious cycle.

Constant campaigns and education are needed. It’s not a problem just for students. Through media and broadcasting, society should make everyone aware of the problem and pay attention to the students and the situation. The more social attention and care given, the better the situation will be.

Sports violence is a very serious problem. It brings physical and mental anguish. All of society has to help students protect their rights.

Lee Hyun-jung, high school teacher

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