6:09 pm - 01/28/2019

Art students forced to perform at principal's private parties

The principal of the School of Performing Arts in Seoul (SOPA) ordered students to perform at private gatherings dozens of times, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) said, Sunday.

SOPA is a school attended by many K-pop stars and would-be stars. Graduates include Suzy, Sulli, Joy from Red Velvet and Jung-kook from BTS.

SOPA students were forced to perform at least 10 times over two years since 2017 at private meetings of the principal and his wife, who works at the administrative office of the school. The meetings included a dinner for an insurance company and the wife's alumni event.

The principal's wife also allegedly pocketed the money for students' performances by receiving payment through her own bank account.

The school also took 100 million won ($89,533) as a subsidy for operating afterschool programs over the last four years but used it for other purposes. The principal used a car registered with the school for private purposes, and paid his gas and mobile phone fees using the school account.

Some teachers testified the principal's family set up an illegal residential space inside the school building and resided there until September.

The SMOE asked the school foundation to dismiss the principal and his wife, and sought help from law enforcement authorities to look into further allegations.

The principal is denying all allegations.

source: The Korea Times
af_fx_tion 29th-Jan-2019 08:09 am (UTC)
I wonder whether any trainees or idols were any of these students, their labels would've been mad af

also thank goodness those teachers/students/their parents spoke out against this straight up corruption
nekokonneko 29th-Jan-2019 08:51 am (UTC)
Wasn't this basically what the military did to Rain?

But good Lord there is literally no level in the entertainment industry at which children aren't exploited
921227 29th-Jan-2019 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly not surprised, but its super terrible that these children were used in this way esp because there's no doubt they were 'encouraged' to do so.

SOPA has a large number of idol trainees and debuted idols under their roster, whether that's because the school itself is good and uses its connections to get their students careers or if their attendance and work requirements are so low it's one of the few options w/o dropping out IDK
goshipgurl 29th-Jan-2019 03:05 pm (UTC)
Always thought it was weird how theres an entire school for kids wanting to debut in the entertainment industry.
blck_ink 29th-Jan-2019 06:33 pm (UTC)
bunch of thieves taking advantage of kids.
modestgoddess79 30th-Jan-2019 02:53 pm (UTC)
this form of abuse of power seems common in Korea, forcing people to perform or serve drinks to clients seems to happen everywhere from schools and colleges to corporations
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