The Yokohama District Court has found a kindergarten teacher guilty of negligence over the death of a 3-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, in July, 2011.
The defendant, Yukie Taira, 23, was ordered to pay 500,000 yen in damages over the death of Takahiro Irei, TBS reported Tuesday. Taira was the boy's teacher at the time of the accident.
The court heard that Irei was one of 30 children playing in the pool at around 11:30 a.m. under the supervision of Taira. The pool was around 20-30 cm deep and five meters in diameter.
The boy was not seen to be struggling at the time he drowned, but after the other children left the pool, staff noticed him floating face down in the water. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The court ruling said that Taira broke basic rules as a kindergarten teacher, and said she wasn’t trained enough to protect children in a pool, which should be taken into consideration in future.© Japan Today