A 26-year-old teacher at a high school in Chiba Prefecture has been suspended after a female student reported that he touched her breast at school, the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education said.
According to reports, at around 6:10 p.m. on July 7, the teacher was conducting a one-on-one guidance session for the 16-year-old student on writing resumes, when he approached her and touched her breast. The student called her homeroom teacher after returning home, reporting the incident.
The teacher has reportedly admitted to touching the student, and was quoted as saying he “(doesn’t) know why” he did it, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The teacher was suspended from work, while the school principal was penalized with a three-month salary cut for not preventing the incident through stricter supervision, the board said.
This is the fourth case in which a teacher has been suspended for inappropriate behavior toward students, including sexual approaches and taking indecent photographs of minors, in Chiba Prefecture since the beginning of the academic year in April. There were only three cases in the past year, board officials said, pointing out the recent increase in related incidents.
The board will hold an informal gathering in August for all prefectural schools in a bid to address the severity of sexually-related incidents at school and prevent potential cases in the future.© Japan Today