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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 19 days ago

Principal of the School of Performing Arts (SOPA) revealed to have forced students to perform at personal events


Last year, the principal of the School of Performing Arts (SOPA) and his wife were accused of forcing students to perform at personal events. The investigation by the Seoul Office of Education revealed they have indeed used students for personal matters. 

According to 'SBS News,' students of SOPA performed at the principal's personal gatherings including dinners, alumni reunions, and more for at least 10 times throughout the past 2 years. 

Out of the 31 students who have attended the events, 30 students stated they were unaware of the events' purpose, and 29 students stated they couldn't decide their attendance on their own. Several events also had alcohol, making it even more inappropriate for the underage students. 

In addition, students claim the principal suggested they provide physical contact, such as hugs, to the audience and requested them to perform with "sexier and brighter expressions." 

A student stated, "We didn't want to go but we were forced to. The female students had gifts in our hands and we had to give them to the soldiers and take pictures with them..."

The principal and his wife also revealed to have used 100 million KRW (89,400 USD) of the school budget in an unjust way for the past 4 years. Seoul Office of Education has sent the case over to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, 'SOPA' is known to be the "idol high school" with star-studded alumni including SuzyGirls' Day's HyeriBTSJungkookRed Velvet's JoyEXO's KaiPark Ji Hoon, and more. 

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Sarri 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

Nasty couple. Some people have no shame at all.

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miltobodro (Banned) 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

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JakeyWantsCakey 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

The part where they said that they were told to dance with 'sexier expressions' is seriously disgusting! I know that they're preparing for a career in the entertainment industry but they're still underage kids at the end of the day and forcing them to give physical contact to gets in sexual harassment plain and simple!

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wendie11 19 days ago 1
19 days ago

To the comments below - just to clarify, not all students at this art school are going into the entertainment stream. Many students are just regular people with a passion for art/performance etc. It just so happens that lots of trainees or idols attend these schools because it alignes with their passion or career (if already an idol or actor). So that said - there's not an ounce of good reasons to make these kids perform for events unrelated to school. Aren't they smart enough to see that what they did was exploitation from underaged minors!?

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CROW 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

i'm sure the couple know well enough that they were exploiting minors. i think they more than likely just didn't care that they were doing so.

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vteebby 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

this couple has no freaking shame. the students there are mostly idol trainees and rookies, or other who loves the arts and just wanted to go to school for what they love and these 2 disgusting people are exploiting them. i'm sure companies trainees were protected, or i hope so, but for the other students there thats messed up. i hope these two rot in jail

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Y_C_Lee 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Fire the clown. Unfit for office.

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sparklepeach79 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Those people who abuse their authority is so disgusting.

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pink_oracle 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Get them out.

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Fantastic99 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I hope Yedam wasn't affected...he's a YG trainee so he's probably protected that way but still


I hope it doesn't happen agian cause Doyoung is also going next year

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cjnvm 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Typical power-tripping Korean adults. On another note, that reporter is very pretty.

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T_Jazz 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

"29 students stated they couldn't decide their attendance on their own."

And when the kids went home and discussed with their parents about the events that made them uncomfortable...?

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