A 44-year-old woman was arrested by police from Gwangjin Station Sunday on suspicion of biting off a piece of a high school student's tongue.There are so many life lessons to take from this that I don't know where to begin, so I won't.
According to the precinct in eastern Seoul, the woman, identified as a Cho, approached a 16-year-old Kim at 3 a.m. near a karaoke room she owns, and asked him to accompany her home.
When the two arrived at Cho's home, she kissed him and bit off a piece of his tongue. Cho was charged with causing serious physical injury.
Police said that about two-thirds of Kim's tongue was torn off. He was taken to a hospital and underwent an operation to reattach the removed part of his tongue.
But the procedure failed, likely leaving Kim with a permanent disability.
Cho was quoted as telling police, "I was drunk and don't remember anything."
I'll just say that I feel bad for the kid, who will have to go through life sounding terribly unsexy when he tells women his own mother's age, "Yeth, I want to have thexth with you. Your plathe or mine?"
I must admit I may have treated this story too glibly. In fact, I misread how much of the young man's tongue was damaged, thinking it was "just a bit." My snarky response was a reflection of my memory, back in the 1990s, of a woman who was being sexually assaulted and bit off part of the tongue of one of her attackers. She was charged with excessive assault, which prompted an outcry by women's groups (the men were also charged).
So I was thinking, this is some punk kid who's out at 3 a.m. and shouldn't be, and he's off to get laid and — bam! — hot cougar is now crazy cat lady. Well, the "bam!" is more like this turning into a teenage horror flick. I hope the guy recovers, and I maybe I should rethink making fun of him like that.