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South Korea coach quits after super mean cyberbullying

Sometimes, it's a little too easy to get wrapped up LOLcanos and Keanu Reeves photoshops to realize that the Internet can also have a negative effect on people's lives. Cyberbullying is rampant, and hostile online behavior has affected more than 40 percent of America's youth. According to an i-Safe survey, just 15 percent of cyber meanie victims told an adult about their virtual suffering. South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo, on the other hand, has told many adults about his interweb harassment, citing it as the primary reason for quitting his job. AFP reports:

In the group stages South Korea beat Greece 2-0 but suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat to Argentina, which sparked a barrage of cyber attacks on the coach notably over his decision to shuffle his defenders by bringing on Oh Beom-Seok for Cha Du-Ri.

Huh's wife, Choi Mi-Na, told the Chosun Daily that she and their children had been deeply wounded by hurtful Internet postings.

"I told him he should quit ... The coach and all my family members have been hurt enough," she said.

Despite guiding South Korea to its best-ever World Cup performance on foreign soil, Huh has let his 30-month contract expire so he can spending more time with his family, who have "suffered a lot." The nature of the harassment is currently not clear, but it is unlikely to have originated in badly behaved neighboring country North Korea, which is rumored to have just one citizen with web access. (No prizes for guessing who it is.)

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