American English instructor arrested for PhiliponAs usual, we're told nothing about Mr. Kim other than that he's Korean American and an English instructor. Is he working as a native speaking instructor? They don't say. If I had to guess, I'd say the odds are he's not E-2, but as we all know, when a non E-2 foreign English instructor (whether hired an as a native speaking instructor or Korean instructor) is arrested for drugs, he or she is magically granted membership in the 'native speaking instructor' club. This seems to be another attempt to link foreign instructors with a drug stronger than marijuana, coming on the heels of presenting a Nigerian in Korea who worked in a factory and taught English at some point and who was meant to receive a shipment of meth as a "drug smuggling former English teacher." He too was admitted to the 'native speaking instructor' club, which I don't think had any meth smugglers prior to that point.
The International Crime Division of the Incheon Police announced on the 15th that 31 year-old American English instructor Mr. Kim was booked without detention for taking philopon at a motel he was staying at (in contravention of the Drug Control Law), and that police were in pursuit of 41 year-old Mr. Park, who took drugs with Mr. Kim.
According to police, Mr. Kim, a second generation Korean American, allegedly took methamphetamine (philopon) with Mr. Park at a motel in Incheon at 10:30pm on March 14.
The police investigation found that they diluted 0.05 grams of methamphetamine in water and injected it into a vein in their forearms.
Police revealed that, "It is estimated that there are a good many foreign instructors working in Korea who have not had their qualifications verified." "We are expanding an investigation against them for drugs and various crimes."
As for "It is estimated that there are a good many foreign instructors working in Korea who have not had their qualifications verified", this is absolutely correct. The problem is, those people are not E-2 visa holders, but cases like this will be used as evidence that E-2 visa requirements need to be strengthened (again!). Not that anyone reporting on this, or the police making announcements about this, have any understanding, or desire to understand, the differences between visas, apparently.
At any rate, we went over two weeks without a negative foreign teacher story. It was eerily quiet...