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 Suzy, Girls' Day's Hyeri, BTS' Jungkook, Red Velvet's Joy, EXO's Kai, Park Ji Hoon, and more.