Sunday, March 08, 2009

I wish Health and Welfare Minister Jeon Jae-hee the best.

According to the Joongang, two university freshmen died recently in Gangwon:
One freshman, identified only by the surname Kim, 19, was found dead on Feb. 28 after falling from the fourth floor of a resort motel while on an overnight outing for freshmen in Pyeongchang, Gangwon. Police said that Kim fell after he drank until 3 a.m.

Another death took place in the city of Gangneung, Gangwon, where one freshman, surnamed Park, 19, was found dead in front of his dormitory on March 4. An intoxicated Park fell from his eight floor room. He had been drinking with 20 peers during an initiation rite for freshmen.

These deaths took place after the Health and Welfare Minister sent letters to university student councils asking them to promote a healthier drinking environment on campus.

This is a serious issue and I wish the families of the deceased the best in this difficult time.

There was one somewhat accidentally-humorous line:
If we don’t take the issue seriously, I personally believe that students are likely to retain their bad drinking habits even after graduation,” she said.

Yes, some adults might very well have bad drinking habits.

1 comment:

Katie said...

I agree she has an uphill battle, but what else can she do but keep on urging Koreans to make lifestyle changes to improve their health, number of children, etc?