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Survivors Of Capsized Ferry In South Korea Return To School

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- As parents of the dead wept, more than 70 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.

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Policemen stand before a minibus carrying student survivors of the Sewol ferry as it arrives outside the Ansan branch of the Suwon District Court, in Ansan on July 28, 2014. Seventeen student survivors of the Sewol ferry will testify over two-days in the trial of the captain and crew during a special session at a courtroom in their traumatised home town. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 25: (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout provided by the Won Dae-Yeon-Donga Daily, Eldest son of the sunken ferry owner Yoo Dae-Gyun (C) is surrounded by the reporters as he is taken to a police station following his arrest on July 25, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Yoo Dae-Gyun is the eldest son of recently deceased Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of 'Chonghaejin Marine Company', the operating company whose South Korean ferry sunk in April. Yoo Dae-gyun was detained after refusing to allow police entry into a room in which he was hiding along with Park Soo-kyung in Yongin. Yoo Dae-gyun is accused of professional negligence. (Photo by Won Dae-Yeon-Donga Daily via Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners react as they pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners wait in a line to pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Students rescued from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', wearing white shirts, pay tribute at the state-controlled joint memorial altar for the dead in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Funeral service employees hold a portrait of a victim of the sunken ferry Sewol at group memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The official death toll is now over 200, no survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crews were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A funeral service employee sets up a portrait of a victim of the sunken ferry Sewol at group memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Korean nuns pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of a passenger of the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of passengers on the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A South Korean woman weeps as she pays a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of passengers on the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Korean nuns pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A South Korean woman weeps as she pays a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of a passenger of the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Portraits of the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' are set on a memorial altar at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen (R) stands guard near a makeshift memorial for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People from the Philippines living in South Korea hold a banner that says 'Filipinos in South Korea deeply symphatize with the families affected by the MV Sewol tragedy' after a group of over fifty of them left flowers in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. The confirmed death toll from the tragedy stood at 188, barely changed in two days. A total of 114 people were still unaccounted for, with many bodies believed trapped in the sunken vessel. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 27, 2014. South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won tendered his resignation on April 27 over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 27, 2014. South Korea's prime minister resigned on April 27 over the sinking of the passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing, amid huge public anger over what is seen as a bungled response to the tragedy. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ribbons with messages are displayed near Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014 where many of the students who died in the Sewol ferry disaster attended school. South Korea's prime minister resigned on April 27 over the sinking of the passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing, amid huge public anger over what is seen as a bungled response to the tragedy. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean woman weeps as she reads messages in front a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People bow their head as a funeral car containing the body of a victim of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' leaves from the main gate of Danwon High School in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A funeral car containing the body of a victim of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' leaves from the main gate of Danwon High School in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers, beverage, food and a teddy bear stand on a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Red Cross volunteer serves some food to visitors attending a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians tie yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the 'Sewol' ferry onto a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on April 24, news reports said. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: Students and citizens hold candles as they pray for the safe return of missing passengers who were travelling aboard south Korean ferry the Sewol, which sank off the coast of Jindo Island, on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll is reported to have risen to 150, with more than 150 people still missing. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly woman reacts as she visits a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Portraits are displayed upon a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) People pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll now reached 130, and more than 170 people are still missing in the April 16 ferry accident. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Visitors line up to visit a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects on April 23 at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 24: South Koreans shout slogans during a rally for victims of Sewol ferry on July 24, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. As many as 180 family members of the Sewol ferry victims marched from Ansan to National Assembly in Seoul to show their dissatisfaction with the authorities. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Some of the 73 students, wearing white and black uniforms and carrying book bags, bowed their heads as they cried and walked slowly from a bus to the school entrance. Some stopped to hug the parents of their friends, who caressed their hair and faces. Adults carried banners of encouragement. One read: "We pray the dead will rest in peace." Another simply said: "I love you."

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 return to classes of the survivors, who had been staying at a facility in Ansan where they had classes and therapy sessions, comes amid court hearings for the ferry crew and the officials from the company that owned it. Many South Koreans also fault the government, the coast guard and even society for failing the victims.

"We ask for a thorough investigation to find out why our friends and teachers had to become victims and why the rescue efforts didn't proceed properly and led to more victims," one of the surviving students, Shin Young-jin, said in an emotional address. "We hope that you will try to create a safer nation so that such a horrible accident never happens again."

After decades of negligence, many South Koreans are now questioning the country's history of ignoring safety issues as it pursued rapid economic development above all else following the devastation of the Korean War, which began 64 years ago Wednesday with a North Korean invasion.

The government of President Park Geun-hye, whose dictator father ruled during the economic boom in the 1960s and 1970s that was dubbed the "Miracle on the Han," after the river that cuts through Seoul, has been battered by criticism that it should have done more before the sinking on safety and monitoring issues and that its incompetence botched the rescue operations.

The 15 crew members responsible for navigating the Sewol ferry face charges of negligence and of failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers. Prosecutors say they abandoned the ship even though they knew passengers would be trapped and killed when the ferry sank. The defense has denied any collusion, saying the crew members were confused, injured and panicked.

Shin, the student, said that many people have tried to console the surviving students, but others have asked "unpleasant" questions that have reminded them of the sinking and made them feel guilty. He said some people were even "burying daggers in our hearts" by saying that the survivors "betrayed" their classmates by coming back alive. "Whenever we heard such things, our hearts tore apart and ached and we shed tears because we felt guilty and sorry for our friends."

"Just as we cannot forget them, we ask that the citizens of this country also never forget them," Shin said of the dead, stopping at one point as tears choked his words. "For the adults who lead us, we ask that you exhaustively search for those responsible for this crime."

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JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking as the rescue work continues off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by Handout/The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they attend a memorial prior to a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
South Korean coast guards and rescue workers are seen at the accident site of the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol in Jindo on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100, but almost twice that number remained unaccounted for nearly a week into the rescue and recovery effort. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking as the rescue work continues off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo on April 15, 2015. More than 100 relatives of victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster tearfully cast flowers into the sea at an emotional memorial event on the eve of the tragedy's first anniversary. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: A relative of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weeps as she and others stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
Coastguard boats and search and rescue teams take part in recovery operations at night at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry, off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (C) is escorted after arriving at a courthouse in Gwangju on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry crew members (centre R) inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (6th R) sits with other crew members inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry crew members (C) inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3rd R) sits with other crew members inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-Seok (C) is escorted upon his arrival at the Gwangju District Court in the southwestern South Korean city of Gwangju on June 24, 2014. Lee Joon-Seok and three crew members are accused of 'homicide through wilful negligence' -- a charge that falls between first-degree murder and manslaughter, but still carries the death penalty. Eleven other members of the crew are being tried on lesser charges of criminal negligence and violations of maritime law. The Sewol was carrying 476 passengers, including 325 students on a school trip, when it sank off the southwest coast on April 16. AFP PHOTO / WONSUK CHOI (Photo credit should read Wonsuk Choi/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) after they forcibly removed him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (centre L) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry express their frustration as they surround police officer Choi Sang Han (C) after forcibly removing him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Coastguards ride a boat during recovery operations at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry, off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Coastguard police chief Kim Seouk Gyun (bottom C), vice coastguard police chief Choi Sang Han (bottom R), and South Korean minister of Oceans and Fisheries Lee Ju Young (bottom L) attend a meeting with relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: Students and citizens hold candles as they pray for the safe return of missing passengers who were travelling aboard south Korean ferry the Sewol, which sank off the coast of Jindo Island, on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll is reported to have risen to 150, with more than 150 people still missing. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Relatives of a passenger on board the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol weep at an area where family members of victims of the disaster are gathered at Jindo harbour on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 21, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' attended. The captain and crew of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week with hundreds of children on board acted in a way 'tantamount to murder,' President Park Guen-Hye said on April 21, as four more crew members were arrested. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 21: Rescue workers carry a victim of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 21, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least sixty four people are reported dead, with 238 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
South Korean rescue members carry the body of a victim recovered from the 'Sewol' ferry to an ambulance at a harbour in Jindo on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking off as the rescue work continues the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
Flares light up the sea for search and rescue teams during recovery operations at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry of the coast of the South Korean island on Jindo on April 22, 2014. Divers began to locate bodies on April 19 inside a submerged South Korean ferry as the detained captain defended his decision to delay evacuation of the ship when it capsized nearly four days ago with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
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