It didn’t surprise me to read a report that suicide is the second cause of teenage deaths in South Korea. Teenagers here have too much pressure when it comes to their education. Most parents want their kids to enter the SKY universities, which are deemed the best in Korea. The SKY universities are Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University. Get it?
Like I’d said before, it’s not uncommon for teens to attend cram schools. Some even attend these schools as early as 5 o’ clock in the morning and until 11 at night. There are those who even go to these private institutions on Saturdays and Sundays. Aside from private academies, there are teens who are also enroled in online classes.
The ministry said 233 of 937 teenagers that died in 2006 took their own lives, while 357 of them died of cancer. Seventy-six drowned to death and 44 had heart failure.
Nearly 12 percent of the under-20 population that killed themselves during 2004-2006 are believed to have had trouble at school, while 7 percent died due to troubled relations with their parents. Six percent had symptoms of depression before killing themselves.