Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil found himself in a crisis after his eldest son was arrested due to his illegal drug use.
Nam’s son was looking for a woman who would take methamphetamine together on a mobile speed dating application. Nam was lured by a police carrying out undercover operations, and was later arrested on the spot after making contact with the police.
Nam’s son is currently being accused of illegally smuggling 4 grams of methamphetamine by hiding the drug in his underwear. He is also being accused of taking 2 grams of methamphetamine at his house.
Reports say the 26-year-old man wrote a post on the mobile app saying “I have ice (a slang referring to drugs) and I am looking for a woman who is willing to ‘play wild’. ” In the process, Nam’s son sent photos and videos of using methamphetamine.
▲ Nam’s arrest captured in a CCTV footage (circled in red) (Captured from JTBC image)
After being notified of his son’s arrest, Governor Nam, who was on his business trip to Germany, cancelled all his schedules and took a flight back to Korea. He is convening an urgent press conference on the day of his return to Korea on 19th, to apologize for his son’s actions.
Nam’s son was under indictment for assaulting a junior soldier while he was serving in the Korean military in 2014. Governor also held a press conference at the time, and apologized for his son’s wrongdoing.
A local surveillance camera captures Nam’s arrest. (Source: JTBC)
The incident has sparked a lot of controversy about how much responsibility lies on the father for his son’s criminal actions. With Confucian ideology deeply rooted in Korean culture, it’s not unfamiliar to witness the general Korean public contending that parents are responsible for their offsprings’ wrongdoings, especially in older generations. This is not always the case with younger generations who received Western education, or citizens who make rational decisions.
Governor Nam’s supporters, who have conservative political tendency, are facing a double bind. They aren’t able to severely reprimand Nam for his son’s actions nor dismiss the incident, given their Confucian nature.
The incident makes us ponder how much responsibility parents bear for their offsprings’ actions in Korea.
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