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Elementary school principal suspended for sexually harassing teacher

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A 65-year-old elementary school principal in Tokyo has been suspended for three months by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education for sexually harassing a female teacher.

According to a report released Monday, the incident occurred on Jan 17 when the teacher brought some documents to the principal's office, Fuji TV reported. The principal suddenly took hold of her arms and pulled her close to him so that their cheeks touched, and asked her, “Can I kiss you?”

The woman reported the incident to the vice principal the next day.

The incident is one of seven cases of improper conduct concerning teachers in Tokyo since last November, in which disciplinary action, such as suspensions and pay cuts, was taken, the education board said.

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The principal suddenly took hold of her arms and pulled her close to him so that their cheeks touched, and asked her, “Can I kiss you?”

If he thought such a move would work, he's insane. Besides being creepy, of course.

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Wow. Three whole months. They're really getting serious about sexual harassment, aren't they?

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At his age, there was probably an quick agreement that he would retire and go away - as a municipal employee he would have to retired at the end of this month, anyway. His pension won't even be docked.

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When men and women spend 12-14 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week, these occurrences will naturally happen. But for educators there is no excuse.

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Did the principal have an overlong red necktie hiding his gut, and a dyed-yellow dead weasel on his head?

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so did she let him kiss her or not...

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@ Goodlucktoyou

Ah, that's called 'teambuilding' right? :)

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Somebody has been watching too much Japanese AV or samurai tv shows. Those are probably the only places that BS works without consequences.

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”A 65-year-old elementary school principal in Tokyo has been suspended for three months by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education for sexually harassing a female teacher.”

Only suspended for 3 months? I don't understand...

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Goodlucktoyou

When men and women spend 12-14 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week, these occurrences will naturally happen. But for educators there is no excuse

I would say there is no excuse for anybody. You could spend 24hrs a day, 7 days a week with somebody, does not make it OK.

Only a 3 month suspension! He should sacked.

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No names of school or the principal in question? A bit like the land deal of that other elementary school in the news lol.

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I'm not sure I understand the way sexual harassment works here.

I mean, this guy was totally inappropriate but what he did was closer to sexual assault than harassment in my view. I would think that harassment would be something that was either ongoing or perhaps putting pressure on subordinates for sexual favours.

All that said, he grabbed her inappropriately and asked for a kiss. It's not clear whether or not his previous behaviour was lewd or suggestive. At his age, he should definitely know better, especially if he is married. However, I would think that if this were a single incident and he had not acted inappropriately before that a 3 month suspension is unwarranted. I guess it's too difficult to say without more information.

I guess my concern is that it would be easy for someone to call harassment if even a single incident is considered worthy of a 3 month suspension. I would think that the embarrassment of being rejected would be warning enough for most people.

But, then again, he did GRAB her. Maybe the article was not clear, as it doesn't sound like her persisted. I can easily imagine two different scenarios. 1) He tries to ask for a kiss and is rebuffed which causes him to move away and feel embarrassed or 2) He grabs a hold of her forcibly and demands a kiss while she struggles to get away.

It would be nice if they included more details!

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Is grabbing someone sexual assault ?

It is not.

And he asked, so definition of assault is not even working.

Half of French people would get 3 month holidays every monrh then.

It may be very clumsy and appropriate time for sure, but that is how you get a woman closer to you and make an attempt

Proof is if she had said yes, we would not know ! And no indication if she slapped the man's face or just went a way.

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"Jonathan", did you intentionally omit the part where he rubs his cheek against hers and then asks "CaN i KiSs YoU?" Really weak game, male scum advocates, really.

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I find it more than a little bit hard to believe that a 65 year old ES principal, with probably close to 40 years in schools/education would suddenly get nailed for crap like this.

I will BET it wasnt the first time, and I hope any other woman or man, who has been harassed by this pig, come out and say something. 3 months is nothing.

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That's right, give him a three month paid vacation, that'll teach him. If I did that I'd be arrested, fired, and later deported.

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@ prin - it's legally a sexual assault if he did it to satisfy his sexual desires. There is no requirement for him to touch her naughty bits for this to be classified as sexual assault.

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Jonathon Prin

And he asked, so definition of assault is not even working.

Very gentlemanly of him.

It was unwanted, you can tell by her reporting it the next day, there for it is sexual harassment.

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Sorry I know it was very bad of him and for sure it is not first time.

But please report him right away, do not wait a full day. That makes it so funny to me !

Cheek to cheek. Very sexual to some ?

Some must have had a very low life...

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