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.