Stray Kids member, Hyunjin has been hit with another bullying accusation.
Previously, Hyunjin was accused by a former schoolmate of bullying and school violence. While the bullying allegations have since been denied by JYP Entertainment, it doesn’t look like that is stopping other alleged victims from stepping forward. Since his previous accusation, another former classmate posted a story about how Hyunjin made him contemplate taking his own life.
I went to Seongnae Middle School and during my second year of middle school, I was in the same class as Hwang Hyunjin. I am a victim of his school violence.
He caused me so much pain that I contemplated committing suicide. My past was like hell for me and reminding myself of what happened makes my hands tremble in fear. When he debuted, and I would see him on my television, I would be reminded of all the horrible memories from my past. It was hard for me to live my normal daily life due to the trauma that I received.
— Alleged victim
The alleged victim shared the detailed incident of when and why the bullying began.
He beat me up on campus because I didn’t block the ball during a soccer game. He cursed at me and picked on me because of my size. I became a loser all because I couldn’t block the soccer ball. After this incident, I became the target of Hwang Hyunjin’s mockery and torment.
My name became a joke. In a group chat, he would write things such as, ‘Are you ____ (alleged victim’s name)? Why are you acting like him?’ He would use my name to joke around with his friends. I wasn’t able to do anything about the group chatroom and that made me fall into an even deeper depression. I became so fearful that at one point, I stopped going into the group chatroom. My self-esteem became non-existent.
— Alleged victim
The former classmate then revealed that while he doesn’t have tangible proof of the alleged bullying, he had witnesses to corroborate his story.
I may not have physical evidence, but I do have witnesses. I have been collecting their testimonies. I’m sorry that I only have my words and no actual evidence.
I wrote these experiences exactly as they happened. I didn’t want to have proof of the experiences that made life so difficult for me. I wanted to die back then because it was too much to handle. I do want to reiterate that while I may not have photo or video proof, I do have the testimonies of the witnesses who saw what happened.
— Alleged victim
The alleged victim then followed up with three screenshots of KakaoTalk messages. These photos show conversations between him and two former middle school classmates. He shared, “The first and second photos show a conversation with the same person. He was a close friend of mine back in middle school. After seeing all the articles, he contacted me.”
Alleged victim: “I was a bullying victim”
Alleged victim: “Because of him”
Friend: “You’re right”
Friend: “If you have something to say, you should send something to JYP”
Friend: “But you don’t have any proof…?”
Alleged victim: “I don’t have anything hahaha”
Friend: “When I saw the news articles, I immediately thought of you”
Alleged victim: “Why would I save any proof when I didn’t know he’d become a celebrity”
The conversation continued as shown below.
Friend: “When we were going to the library, you told me you needed to stop by your house so I waited for you in the hallway of the apartment”
Friend: “When you left, you told your mom that you loved her and closed the door behind you”
Alleged victim: “Yup”
Friend: “I asked you why you said I love you to your mom at the time. You said it was because you were going through such a difficult time. You kept thinking about how you didn’t know when you’d die so you said it to her often”
Alleged victim: “You’re right. It was so hard back then”
Friend: “I don’t know if it made me really sad back then, but the memory of it is so vivid and I can remember it exactly as it was…”
The alleged victim then explained that this next KakaoTalk screenshot is with a different classmate. “This third photo is a conversation with a different friend who was in the same class as me.”
Alleged victim: “The time when I was bullied”
Alleged victim: “Do you remember it”
Alleged victim:”I don’t have any friends from the same class”
Classmate: “I don’t remember the bullying, but I do remember when he cursed at you and made fun of all the male classmates with the same name as you”
Classmate: “I remember the male classmates’ reactions”
Classmate: “They couldn’t get mad, but they kept denying everything…all while Hwang Hyunjin was cracking up”
JYP Entertainment has yet to make an official statement about these new allegations.