ANSAN, South Korea - As parents of the dead wept, dozens of teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates walked in a somber procession Wednesday to their first classes since the April disaster. Wearing white and black uniforms and carrying book bags, some of the 73 students bowed their heads as they cried and walked slowly from a bus to the school entrance. Adults carried banners of encouragement. One read: "I love you." A large placard, which read "We pray the dead will rest in peace," was hung from the school entrance gate.
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The anger, grief and deep remorse at Danwon High School in Ansan, outside of Seoul, was a reflection of what many South Koreans have felt since the April 16 sinking that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Of the 325 students on a class trip to the southern holiday island of Jeju, 75 were rescued, 245 died and 5 are still missing. Two of those rescued had already returned to school, officials said.
- The Associated Press