A 14-year-old boy suffered burns to his arms, legs and back last weekend after a card game he was playing with his friend got out of control, police said Thursday.
The boy went over to his classmate’s house in the district of Tagawa on Sunday morning, and started playing cards with the winner entitled to flick the loser on his forehead. But the penalty for losing began to escalate and in the end the boy was burned in five places with a heated-up iron. The boy’s mother noticed a burn mark on his arm the next day and took him to hospital, where he remains with the burns expected to take up to a month to heal, police said.
Staff at the boy’s junior high school told police the boys had been friends since elementary school and often played together, adding they never saw anything like bullying between the two.© News reports