According to a recent investigation, Dongshin University gave preferential treatment to three HIGHLIGHT (formerly BEAST) members and one former member.
On August 12, SBS “8 o’Clock News” reported that Dongshin University in Naju, South Jeolla Province has provided various privileges to public official and idols who are or have attended.
Including in the list of those who may have benefitted from preferential treatment includes current HIGHLIGHT members Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Lee Gi-Kwang, and former BEAST member Jang Hyun-seung. According to SBS, some of the privileges given to these individuals included “convenience in attendance, scholarships, and graduation” with below-standard performance.
“It would have been difficult to attend (classes) with a busy schedule. Dongshin University has been offering scholarships not only to public officials but to idols too,” the program revealed. In 2011, the educational institute’s records marked certain students as recipients of a “special scholarship” or were marked with an “X.” All of the singers entered the university in 2010.
Furthermore, according to further investigation by SBS, four people got scholarships from the school and were pre-designated as students who could not, or did not, attend classes.
However, the news program said that they could not determine whether all of the HIGHLIGHT/ BEAST members attended each class. Moreover, “even though the regular attendance was difficult, all four graduated safely and went to graduate school,” they said.
As suspicions grew after the broadcast aired, HIGHLIGHT’s management company Around Us Entertainment issues a statement denying the claims that Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, and Lee Gi-Kwang did not attend class. “It is not true that they have never been to school at all,” the agency said.
Moreover, Around Us Entertainment explains that if their schedules conflicted with their educational obligations such as tests, the members would ask the school for consent to take it separately at another time. Continuing, the agency went on to said that the singer “worked as a public relations model for the school, took classes with other students, took tests, and participated faithfully in school events,” pointing out how involved they were in school life.
At the same time, the members who are aware of the growing controversy finds it regrettable that they could not be “sincere in their school classes compared to other students.”
On the other hand, Cube Entertainment with whom former member Jang Hyun-seung is contracted with has not been available for a response.
Translated by O.C
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