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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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