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School principal suspended over Korea ferry disaster

Published on Jun 20, 2014 10:10 AM
South Korean ferry, Sewol is seen sinking in the sea off Jindo on April 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - The principal of the South Korean high school that lost more than 240 students in the Sewol ferry disaster has been suspended, the local education office said on Friday.

Mr Choo Kyo Young "was removed from his post in connection with the ferry disaster," a senior official told AFP. He declined to elaborate on the precise reasons behind the disciplinary action, which involves a three-month suspension after which the individual is either reinstated or reassigned.

Dawon High School in Ansan city, south of Seoul, has become a poignant symbol of the human tragedy that unfolded when the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry capsized and sank off South Korea's southern coast on April 16.

Of the 476 people on board the vessel, 325 were Dawon students on a school trip to the southern resort island of Sewol. More than 240 were killed, along with 10 teachers.

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