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Horrific nursery abuse caught on video sparks outrage

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-16 06:40:18-05

SEOUL — A video of a child being abused by the teacher while at a daycare has caused outrage online.

The case is being investigated and unfortunately, it is not the only one.

Police said this toddler in a South Korean nursery is being forced to eat Kimchi, a traditional dish of fermented cabbage.

When the child is unable to eat it, she spits it out. The teacher then slaps her so hard she flies to the ground.

Staying still for a couple of seconds, the girl then picks up her spoon.

Other children seen in this surveillance video watch motionless.

The teacher was questioned by police and detained Thursday.

Police tell CNN they fear this is not an isolated case at this nursery one hour west of Seoul.

They say since the investigation started Monday, they have found four more credible reports of violence.

Mothers in the area are taking it in turns to stand vigil outside the nursery with a sign saying “no to violence against children, no to child abuse.”

“I don’t send my child to nursery but this is not someone else’s problem. We all have to fight together,” one mother said.

A sign of apology is posted on the door of the now closed nursery.

The teacher has not been officially identified, but horrified citizens have outted her online.

A similar case in the same area was caught on camera in December according to South Korean media. YTN reports a teacher threw a child onto the ground for not taking a nap at a nursery.

That incident is still under investigation.

Two cases in as many months have some parents worried, although official figures show less than 3 percent of all child abuse cases happened within a nursery in 2013.

But shock and outrage online is growing, with some asking how many more cases go unreported.