zoom The Sewol crew members who managed to got away from the sinking ferry that took the toll of around 300 people in April, mostly high school students and school teachers, refused to assume legal responsibility for the passengers’ death, writes Reuters.Once the distress signal from the ferry was sent and the Coast Guard crew were on the scene it was up to them to rescue the passengers, the defence lawyer of the crew Im Ju-young said Tuesday, the second day of the trial in Gwangju.Three of the fifteen crew members, one of them being the captain, are facing death penalty having been charged with “homicide through wilful negligence”.The fact is that the Coast Guard had been severely criticized for their slow arrival on the scene and failure to rescue more people. However, maritime lawyers claim that the defence strategy of the state-appointed team of lawyers will not hold water as the crew was captured on video fleeing the vessel, leaving behind children who were told to stay in their cabins.The ferry is believed to have sunk due to overloading, which, according to the captain, he could not prevent.The ferry was carrying around 475 people, including 325 students from a high school in Ansan, just south of Seoul, when it sent out a distress signal on April 16th at 8:58 a.m. in waters 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong.The owner of the ill-fated ferry Yoo Byung-eun remains on the run. The authorities are still searching for the owner, suspected of embezzlement, which among many other things, caused faulty safety management onboard the operator’s vessels.World Maritime News Staff, June 18, 2014, Image: Wikimedia
Photos by Jeff Barrett Mont Harmon Middle School sought the top spellers in each grade during the class spelling bee last week. The competition found the top students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.After many rounds of competition, the field was narrowed to the top spellers for each respective grade. In the sixth grade, Bella Jones, Michael Fivecoat, Halton Hunt, Josiah Trostle and Taylor Hawk will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. In the seventh grade, Kloe Austin, Cameron Jones, Kyler Greehaul, December Jensen and Camden Escalante will advance. Finally, in the eight grade, Boyd Bradford, Wyatt Falk, Anastasia McGinnis, Nathan Engar and Haven Barley will vie for the school title.These 15 students will compete in the school-wide spelling bee to see who will advance to the district competition.