24 May '11, 7am

South Korea's top university reels after the suicides of 4 students and a professor

DAEJEON (South Korea) - It has been a sad and gruesome semester at South Korea's most prestigious university, and with final exams beginning Monday the school is still reeling from the recent suicides of four students and a popular professor. Academic pressures can be ferocious at the university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, known as Kaist, and anxious school psychologists have expanded their counseling services since the suicides. The school president also rescinded a controversial policy that humiliated many students by charging them extra tuition if their grades dipped. After the last of the student deaths, on April 7, the Kaist student council issued an impassioned statement that said "a purple gust of wind" had blown through campus. "Day after day we are cornered into an unrelenting competition that smothers and suffocates us," the council s...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110524-0000936/Suicid...

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