South Korean school suicides total 139 last year
SEOUL (AFP) - Nearly 140 South Korean school students killed themselves in 2012, according to a new government report that cited family problems, depression and exam stress as the main triggers.
The report, published this week by the Education Ministry, covered all students from elementary to high school.
The figure of 139 suicides recorded last year was the lowest for three years, but still worryingly high in a country with one of the world's highest overall suicide rates.
Of the total, 88 were high school students, 48 from middle school and just three from elementary school.