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Classes resume at South Korean school

Thursday - 4/24/2014, 11:10am  ET

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Students in the city that was hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster are back at school.

They returned today to a campus that was a landscape of yellow ribbons, flowers, and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people who are feared dead. Notes and messages to missing teachers and students are posted on walls, stairs, doors and windows.

At Danwon High School, relatives in funeral processions visited the classrooms of their loved ones, before moving on to cremate the remains.

Education officials say the first two days of classes will focus on helping students cope with losses and trauma. Teachers will have help from psychiatrists and professional counselors.

Classes for seniors began today, while younger grades will begin next week. It's not clear when the 75 students who survived will return. Most of them remain hospitalized, many for mental stress.

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APPHOTO LJM103: Senior students arrive at Danwon High School in Ansan, south of Seoul, Thursday, April 24, 2014 for the first time since its closure after the ferry Sewol sank in the water off the country's southern coast, with many of the school students on board. During the first two days classes will focus on helping students cope with losses and trauma, with assistance from psychiatrists and professional counselors, said An Soon-uk, a supervisor at Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education. The school has turned some of the classrooms into a medical center so students will be able to seek help during classes. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (24 Apr 2014)

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