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Parents and students outraged at schools for forcing study time in class during earthquake

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Several high schools are under fire for the ways they directed students during South Korea's biggest earthquake


During the evening of September 12, the nation was alert due to the biggest tremor in recorded history. Many students were still at school at the time for their after-school study hours, but despite signs of the disaster taking place, teachers directed students to remain in class and study, even after receiving complaints from parents. 


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Outraged students expressed their anger on various online communities, and wrote, "Our school forced us to stay and study even though other schools around us allowed students to leave early. Angry parents called the school and asked if they will be responsible for students' safety, and they said not to worry, but do you think this makes sense? It's completely irresponsible that only 5-6 teachers are here to take care of over 200 students during a natural disaster. In fact, the vice principal left the school after the first tremor. Finally, after the second hit, teachers told us that we can leave. I'm so angry." 


Some students even decided to ignore their teachers and ran out of the building. These students stated, "We couldn't believe their directions to remain still considering the late Sewol Ferry tragedy." 


Meanwhile the occurrence of this earthquake has also raised questions once again toward South Korea's poor system of handling emergencies. 




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    Cajimenez Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    I am from Chile, and in my country students do not leave school after an earthquake or tremor. Of course, we have much more experience and SK does not have any manual of safety procedures in this case, but I am sure that letting students leave school is not a safety procedure in this kind of emergency. In such case, after inspecting the infrastructures all students go back to their classroom and continue class or do anything but students are kept inside until parents get to school and take them. Sending high schoolers to the streets after an earthquake without knowing if there will be more is not SAFE. I live in SK, Daegu, and the earthquake was not big, I am sure in Busan must have been around degree 4.5, no more than that. The main problem was exaggeration by saying it was a big earthquake, of course the biggest in SK history, but nothing compared to BIG earthquakes, and the ignorance of how to proceed in such a situation.Nothing really happened, people, so do not worry.

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    bangeryun94 Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Kids should have learned from Sewol to go with your instincts and to hell with adults.

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    NinjaPandaChu bangeryun94 Friday, September 16, 2016

    But going outside during an earthquake isn't safe either. If anything, it's even more dangerous, but your first instinct would be to run outside. Hiding under a desk or something solid helps. I've heard about standing in doorways, but... eh...

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    bangeryun94 NinjaPandaChu Friday, September 16, 2016

    They didn't have to leave the building necessarily. They certainly didn't have to sit quietly in their seats. They should have been allowed to call their parents and have their parents make the decision. To demand that kids sit quietly and continue to study is over reaching authority. My parents taught me to think for myself. Individuality is discouraged here and listening to elders who apparently have less common sense than a cabbage. That's the reason why over 300 people died on the Sewol, listening to people who were covering their asses.

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    3percenter Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Nothing learned from Sewol... not a damned thing.

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    RoAnon9935 Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    I remember a documentary of the Japanese tsunami. Some kids who listed to their teachers  ended up dying needlessly. Other kids who decided to go with their instincts and keep moving survived. Know your situation and if you do not feel safe vocalize, if that falls on deaf ears and they do not have a logical reason why you should listen to them go with your gut instinct. In a natural disaster you only have you to keep yourself alive as sht happens. I used to live in tornado country here in the US. Same thing saved a lot of lives. Sirens did not sound warning of tornadoes in the area but people followed instinct and got below ground. Unless your panicking go with your gut.

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    yelloworange22 Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    majority of sk will actually listen to their elders(teachers)despite obvious situations like this...

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    daFoolio Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    clearly they don't have plans in place for big earthquakes.... damn studystudystudy mentality

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    miguksaram Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Sure, it was the biggest earthquake in history, but it really wasn't that big. Standard procedure should be to evacuate the building, assess the possibility of aftershocks and go from there. Having lived both on the west coast and in Japan and experienced numerous (and more severe) earthquakes in both areas, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a safety risk to let the kids continue studying. Of COURSE the kids want to leave school -- who the F wants to study when they have an excuse not to?! Especially since they've been slaving away because of the approaching entrance exams. And there parents will always worry about the hehe if precious angels. But really, I think the bigger focus should be on the fact that students are still studying at school around 8:30 at night (probably before they go to their hagwon then home to study more). I find that way more disturbing than a lack of reaction for a fairly minor earthquake.

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    micahxo_lu miguksaram Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Minor to you, but this is the biggest Earthquake in SK history. They obviously don't deal with these incidents often, more like never, so the school should have evacuated in such an unpredictable and unprepared situation. Plus there were approximately 111 aftershock tremors, I don't see how they could have stayed and continue to focus on their studying with all of that shaking.

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    liv2dance micahxo_lu Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Dude do your research. This is not the worse in history (you can thank the media for that blown out of proprtion information). The magnitude was a 5.8 which is still pretty minor. Just be grateful that it wasn't any worse than what it was. Mind the school at least should have taken safety precautions.

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    micahxo_lu liv2dance Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    It is the biggest earthquake in the history of SOUTH KOREA. I'm not sure if you didn't see the "SK" part in my original comment, but I am referring to South Korean history specifically. Now if you would still like to refute me, I'll tell you that I have done my research and this is indeed the biggest earthquake recorded in SK's history that I could find. Unless you have information with a credible source to give me, then I can't bring myself to believe you. Also, I am grateful that it wasn't substantial enough to cause horrific injury and damage, but everyone felt the shaking in SK. That's pretty terrifying, especially for a society who has rarely experienced earthquakes.

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    bangeryun94 miguksaram Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    YOU didn't know if it was a safety risk, neither did the adults. If parents wanted their children home who the hell are the school staff to say they can't leave? I would have gotten up and left.

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    miguksaram micahxo_lu Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    I agree that the school should have evacuated, which you would have known if you read my initial comment. That's STANDARD PROCEDURE in case of structural instability or fire. But if there are no problems (which was the case for pretty much everywhere because, while major in Korean history, it was still a minor quake) it's totally reasonable to resume classes. And all those aftershocks? Only some people felt ONE shock, all the others were in discernible, like most quakes. I know because I sat through this quake. Most people didn't even know it was an earthquake and just went on with their lives -- if they noticed it at all.

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    bangeryun94 miguksaram Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    The people in Geongju certainly noticed it. There was significant structural damage to cause concern. We were driving from Ilsan to Seoul and felt at least 4 aftershocks. They were short and perhaps wouldn't have been noticed if we had been in Seoul but they were still there all the same. And don't shrug of a 5.8 earthquake. Oklahoma had a 5.8 earthquake a week and a half ago which caused immense damage and killed 13 people. And if I know that living in Korea (because I saw on international news) you can bet other Koreans, who may be parents saw it as well. Shrugging it off as nothing to get extremely concerned about is dangerous.

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    micahxo_lu miguksaram Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    I read your initial comment, you did say it was procedure but then you went on to say "I'm pretty sure it wasn't a safety risk to let the kids continue studying". That made it sound like it was okay not to evacuate, which it wasn't when they are so under-prepared and the building structures weren't made to withstand earthquakes. Resuming class AFTER evacuation may have been fine, but they failed to do that.

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    mydeerlikesbacon Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    glad I wasn't the only one who thought the way it was handled resembled the Sewol ferry tragedy.

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    changminbaby Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    studying is more important than safety?

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    bangeryun94 changminbaby Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Apparently.

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    kdkpop_lover Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    I remembered when my country was hit by a 6.9 earthquake, biggest we've ever had and the sound that came from the earth was scary and the buildings look like freaking leaves in the wind. All students were told to leave and head to the muster point which we did. But we had to go back to class after...it was in the afternoon that the aftershock came and we were in class where we did exactly what those Sk students did...the whole school bolted from class and left the school. School was forced to over because none of the students stayed.

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