SEOUL — A teacher in Seoul is currently under police investigation for allegedly instigating participation in rallies that disrupted school classes last month. The rallies were held to mourn the suicide of another teacher who was reportedly distressed by disgruntled parents.
According to Yonhap News Agency, Rep. An Min-suk of the main opposition Democratic Party reported that the Seoul Jongno Police Station has informed the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education about the ongoing investigation into the unidentified teacher. Approximately 120,000 teachers nationwide had participated in the September 4 rallies despite a government warning of disciplinary action.
The Ministry of Education decided not to discipline the teachers who took part in the rallies, although collective action by teachers is currently prohibited by law. The investigation commenced after a civic activist filed a complaint against the teacher. Rep. An has called on educational authorities to ensure that the teacher facing investigation is not unfairly disadvantaged.