Classes begin at SKorean school full of mourning

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A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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)

Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of the ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry looks toward the sea as she awaits news on her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

A Buddhist monk prays wishing for safe return of passengers aboard the sunken ferry boat Sewol at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.

Danwon High School was at times the site of even more direct grieving, as relatives in funeral processions visited their loved ones’ classrooms before moving on to cremate the body. Education officials said the first two days of classes will focus on helping students cope with losses and trauma, with help from psychiatrists and professional counselors.

Nearby at Olympic Memorial Museum, a flower-strewn temporary memorial to the approximately 250 students dead or missing drew a stream of black-clad mourners.

“I am very sad, but at the same time, I also feel resentful and angry,” said businessman Lee Dong-geun. When “I entered, I saw the faces of those students and could not fight back my tears.”

So far 159 bodies have been pulled from the water, with 143 people still missing. Hundreds of divers are working to retrieve the remaining bodies.

The task is becoming more difficult because divers must now break through cabin walls to continue their search. Many of the bodies already retrieved were in a larger lounge area.

“The lounge is one big open space, so once in it we got our search done straight away. But in the case of the cabins, we will have to break down the walls in between because they are all compartments,” said Koh Myung-seok, spokesman for the government-wide emergency task force.

Seniors’ classes at Danwon began Thursday, and younger grades will begin next week, including the 13 juniors who did not go on the ferry. It’s not clear when the 75 students who survived will return; most remain hospitalized, many for mental stress.

Lee Seung-min, an 18-year-old senior, said Wednesday that students are “constantly watching the news and crying, and going back and forth from the school, placing chrysanthemums and crying, and unable to do anything.”

Notes and messages to missing teachers and students are posted on walls, stairs, doors and windows. Some left cookies, soda cans and bread on window panes. Inside a classroom, a few bouquets of white flowers were placed on empty desks.

“Our Jung-hoon is a nice kid,” read one message, left on a door. “Please. Save him. If he won’t come back, please send him to a good place.”

Twenty-two of the 29 members of the ferry’s crew survived, and 11, including Capt. Lee Joon-seok, have been arrested or detained in connection with the investigation.

Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don said an analysis of photos and video on the ship before its sinking showed the captain and other arrested crew members didn’t rescue passengers, though

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