A 41-year-old public elementary school teacher was formally reprimanded by the Fukuoka City Board of Education on Tuesday for slapping 41 fifth grade elementary school students on April 27 after they failed to follow rules on what they could and couldn’t take on their school excursion.
The school in Jonan Ward had set a rule before the excursion on April 24 that the students were only allowed to eat snacks distributed by the teachers, but many students were found to have eaten other snacks brought to school.
All of the fifth grade students were in a group gym class on April 27 when the teacher asked those who had eaten other snacks to stand and line up. He reportedly told them: “You think we can have gym class today under these kinds of circumstances?” before running down the line slapping each of the students once on their cheeks with his open hand. None of the kids were injured in the incident.
The teacher told the board that he lost his cool when nearly half the fifth grade failed to follow the rules laid down before the excursion.© News reports