The funeral ceremony for Mr. A (38), an elementary school teacher in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, who committed suicide on the 31st of last month, was held at Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital in Seoul on the morning of the 3rd. The bereaved family and relatives held a funeral service at the mortuary and prayed for his eternal rest. While hymns were sung, the bereaved family members lowered their heads and continued to wipe away tears.
After the service, the daughter with a young face headed to her mother’s funeral holding a photo of her mother’s portrait. The funeral was held at 7:30 a.m. with about 20 bereaved family members and relatives in attendance. As the funeral procession began, the bereaved family was unable to control themselves and sobbed, asking, “What should I do?” Other mourners also wiped away tears.
Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Superintendent Cho Hee-yeon also attended the funeral and held the안전놀이터 hand of the bereaved family to comfort them. Superintendent Cho said, “Don’t worry, we will thoroughly investigate if the teacher suffered in any way. There are bad people (spreading malicious rumors) on the Internet, and we will thoroughly investigate and ensure that the deceased’s path is beautiful.”
Mr. A, an elementary school teacher of 14 years, died after falling from an apartment in Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, around 7 p.m. on the 31st of last month. After Ms. A’s parental leave ended, she returned to work as a dedicated teacher for the second semester of last year. She had been taking annual leave and sick leave since last March when she took charge of the 6th grade homeroom, and the day of her death was the last day of sick leave. His fellow teachers claim he has been struggling with his work since taking over as a sixth-grade teacher this year.
Meanwhile, with the death of another elementary school teacher ahead of the 49th anniversary of the teacher’s 49th death at Seoi Elementary School in Seoul on the 4th of this month, the voices of the teaching community demanding an investigation of the truth and improvement of the system are growing louder. Teachers across the country gathered in front of the National Assembly the day before and appealed for the restoration of their teaching rights. ‘People to Protect Education’, a group formed by teachers in the field, held a memorial rally in front of the National Assembly building in Yeouido, Seoul, starting at 2pm on this day. This is the seventh weekend rally held since the death of the Seoi Elementary School teacher on July 18th. The organizers of the rally estimated the number of participants on this day to be 200,000.