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School volleyball coach arrested for assaulting student

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Police in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested a 47-year-old junior high school volleyball club coach on suspicion of assaulting a student member of the team.

According to police, Hideaki Miyata, a company employee who coaches the school volleyball team, hit the student in the face and head several times during a training session in the school gym at around 10 a.m. on July 24, Kyodo News reported.  

The boy returned home and was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries. The next day, he and his father reported the incident to police. 

Police said Miyata has admitted hitting the boy.

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This isn’t Japan’s “Olympic Spirit”.

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Why would they get an outside worker to coach?

Isn’t that one of the school’s teacher’s job?

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The 'old ways' die hard and this is how they die, one person at a time...

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Sport brings the worst out in people.

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In fact, the whole sports is nothing else than legal and celebrated violence , full scale of other crimes, from financial to rape, and of course also killing. If you ever have to search for most or all the uncaught psychopaths, you’ll find them exactly there, as violent abusing or sexually offending trainers, killing of rivals planning opponents or raping and hidden videos producing helping staff with access to locker rooms, toilets and so on, to name a few examples. That’s valid everywhere, be it in your beloved Tokyo olympic bubble or like here at that junior high school.

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Usually, the job of coaching in these situations goes to one of the teachers with zero experience. This bully will get a big slap of karma I hope.

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He should be banned from going near children for the rest of his life. I hope he is punished severely for such a disgusting act. A big bully and no doubt also a coward.

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Sport brings the worst out in people.

Couldnt be more true, left contact sports for solo/team work activities (cycling, climbing, tennis, kayak etc) after witnessing so many times nice people turning into childish little devils arguing, pushing, shoving with all their strenght for the only purpose of winning a silly weekend ball game, never again.

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William BjornsonToday  08:28 am JST

The 'old ways' die hard and this is how they die, one person at a time...

If a coach can't handle his temper better than that, he has no business being in the business. Dirtbags like him take the competitiveness of sports much too seriously.

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At least they arrested him.

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Such behaviour is still normal in schools. Even "educational spanking" is normal and legal here. When I complained 20 years ago about a gym teacher slapping my daughter, I was the bad guy after all, and a social worker visited our home. To this day, the argument is that if the student is not coping, then other methods should be resorted to.

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That old sadistic mindset is here to stay. It’s basically institutionalised bullying.

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If he'd been a teacher wonder if they would have arrested him or given him a warning

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My Aikido Sensei 84 then was very old school and used the shinai on deshi who didn’t listen properly…young kids and the parents would thank Sensei for enforcing discipline!

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WOW, I can see the coach getting a little heated and perhaps giving a player a mouth full but to send them to the hospital. If I was the father and that coach sent my child to the hospital for non explainable injuries I would have a meeting with that coach and it would be a meeting of the minds!

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Joe UncToday  03:21 pm JST

That old sadistic mindset is here to stay. It’s basically institutionalised bullying.

Like I mentioned, some coaches take it too seriously. They have this 'sports is war' mentality and it's not a healthy or a sociable attitude. In HS I used to work in goal post moving in football games and I have heard some 'inside info' from opposing coaches. Some of them had bets on the line.

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shogun36July 28  08:22 am JST

Why would they get an outside worker to coach? 

Isn’t that one of the school’s teacher’s job?

I think it was 2 or 3 years ago they was a drive to free up teachers time. So outside experts/coaches were encouraged to volunteer to run some of the clubs.

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When I first began teaching at my school, I was shocked to see some teacher's hit students. It was very awkward for me because as a new foreign teacher who doesn't want to make waves, you want to say something, but fear doing so. What was worse is that other teachers seemed to appreciate the heavy hand from a few.

Fast forward a few years and one teacher was fired for kicking a student. He ended up damaging the student's eardrum. And so after that, the heads told everyone that putting hands on a student was not allowed and illegal. And yet, still...a couple of teachers would continue to use a heavy hand, and other teachers would look the other way.

Eventually, I called one teacher out. I told him specifically that hitting a student was not only endangering the student, but also risked harming the school, and more specifically...my family. And that I wouldn't allow him to do something like that in my presence ever again. He didn't talk to me for many years after, but he never laid a hand on a student again. I do wish I had spoken up sooner

I think in this volleyball instance that it was likely that several teachers and students knew that this coach was heavy handed. But the old ways of hitting students still exist here and my guess is that many fear speaking up. As for myself, I will never be silent again. And I don't care where it happens. If I see a student being hit by a teacher, I will put a stop to it right away.

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I still often see male Japanese teachers give kids (male students) a slap to the back of the head for being rude or disrespectful, but to hit a kid directly in the face several times is just abhorrent. Makes you wonder how many cases like this go unreported.

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most JH and HS coaches will be getting arrested soon then......

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Starpunk........what is "goal post moving"?

Played football all through my life and have never heard or seen such a position.......why were you moving goal posts?

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The 'old ways' die hard and this is how they die, one person at a time...

rarely get this in my home country, because teachers know that theyll likely get a visit from an angered father who can stand up for his kid. one thing with bullies they rarely pick on people when they know theyll likely get and equal if not exponential fight back.

I had a similar situation happen when I was in HS. but it was a senior student picking on a junior. about 2 days later the older brother came to the school asked to speak with the senior student. the student came they had a short 5 minute conversation, no shouting no physical violence. I couldn't hear exactly what was said, but I have a good idea. I remember vividly the rage in the older brothers eyes and the fear in the senior students. the older brother drove off with a death glare. When asked by the head teacher what was said, the senior student , not much.

The senior student never bullied another student again

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If a coach can't handle his temper better than that, he has no business being in the business.

Brought to a state of feel good rapture by the sight of a conga line of medal bedecked locals up there on the Olympic podium, the collective is hardly inclined to question the methods that delivered the bacon.

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About 50 years too late.

This has been going on for way too long and perpetrators have been given the kid-glove treatment.

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Sheikh YerboabyJuly 29  09:55 am JST

Starpunk........what is "goal post moving"?

Played football all through my life and have never heard or seen such a position.......why were you moving goal posts?

I messed up here, didn't I? I meant that I placed a marking post and clipped a wheel to indicate where the football landed before it got kicked again.

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