Five 16-year-old students of a vocational school in Nagoya have been arrested on assault charges after they forcibly pierced a classmate's ear with a thumb tack.
According to police, the incident occurred on the afternoon of May 27 in an unoccupied classroom at the school. Sankei Shimbun reported that four of the boys held the victim down while the fifth student pierced his left ear with a 1.4-cm-long thumb tack.
Police said one of the boys has admitted to the charge, while the other four denied the charge, saying they had the consent of the victim.
The school released a statement on Wednesday, confirming that the act was one of bullying, and apologized to the victim.
One of the five students quit the school shortly after the incident, a school official said.© Japan Today