A few days ago, Stray Kids’ Hyunjin was caught up in a school violence scandal. The writer stated that he suffered school violence and verbal abuse, including abusive language, sexual harassment, and ridicule of his family issues like “You’re like that because you don’t have a mom,” from Hyunjin.
At the time, JYP Entertainment took a cautious step regarding the issue, saying that they will get to the bottom of the issue first and take according actions.
And on Feb 26, JYPE released their official statement.
“First, we would like to apologize to many of those who felt discomfort due to the negative news involving Stray Kids’s Hyunjin. We also ask for your understanding in our belated statement, as it took time to investigate the matter as accurately as possible through various sources.
After the issue first arose, JYP Entertainment contacted various former classmates, teachers, and other school affiliates; after receiving permission, we also personally met up with the initial accuser.
Once we collected the testimonies of various individuals affiliated with this incident, there was difficulty confirming the complete truth behind the initial accusation post because individuals gave differing accounts based on their memories.
Nonetheless, it is true that there are individuals who were hurt by Hyunjin’s past immature and inappropriate actions, and Hyunjin is also currently deeply regretting his past behavior, and so he personally met up with his former classmates to offer his sincerest apologies.
We would like to once again thank Hyunjin’s former classmates for accepting his sincere apologies, for their willingness to resolve the issue peacefully, and for cheering on Hyunjin’s future promotions.
We would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to any former classmates whom we were unable to contact, as well as any who felt they were hurt by Hyunjin’s words in the past.
Hyunjin has resolved to always reflect on his past behaviors and cultivate better character, and JYP Entertainment also plans on doing our best to guide our artists in their moral paths.
Finally, we ask that you refrain from the spread of any more false rumors or speculative posts online, and we promise to place greater attention on aspects of our artist/trainee selection process, which we carried out poorly in the past. Thank you.”