A 48-year-old elementary school teacher in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, has been reprimanded for mistreating pupils in class and practicing excessive discipline, the local board of education revealed.
According to the education board, the teacher had reportedly duct-taped the mouths of several pupils who were chatting during class on several occasions between April and July this year. He had also given significantly larger than normal food portions to students who would forget things and had forced them to eat, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The incident surfaced after parents made an official complaint to the school in July. After a careful investigation, the education board reprimanded the teacher and cut his salary by 10% for a period of three months, representatives said.
The teacher was quoted by members of the board as saying that his classes were not going well and he felt under pressure.© Japan Today