Deaf School Teachers Face Firing Over Sex Abuse Scandal

The Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education has demanded that a notorious school for hearing-impaired students either fire or suspend six out of 20 teachers over a sexual abuse scandal that has incensed the nation.

Four out of the six teachers at the Gwangju Inhwa School for whom serious punishment was recommended by the education authority were reinstated after they escaped punishment under the statute of limitations.

The sex crimes committed by teachers against vulnerable students inspired Gong Ji-young to write the novel "The Crucible," which was adapted into a film of the same title that led to the case being reopened six years after it was closed. Most of the crimes took place around 2001.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 04, 2011 13:20 KST