A male teacher in his 50s, who works at a junior high school in Fukushima Prefecture, ordered a student to jump from a balcony, school officials said Wednesday.
The incident occurred in July at a temporary school facility for students of Futaba Junior High School, who had to evacuate following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Fuji TV reported. Since then, lessons have been conducted at a temporary school building.
According to the school, the teacher, who is in charge of first-year students, told a boy to jump from the balcony to discipline him for repeatedly forgetting to bring a document for submission.
On Wednesday night, the school held a meeting with the parents' association. The teacher apologized in front of the parents and other legal guardians. “I'm sorry I made the children feel uneasy [due to my conduct],” he said.
School principal Nobuhiro Meguro said, "First, we will replace the teacher with another instructor. Next, we will consider how to care and support our students because I’m certain that they still feel anxious about the incident.”
The school’s second semester is due to resume on Friday.
A similar incident occurred in July when an elementary school teacher at a public school in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, verbally and physically abused one of his students, including telling him to jump from the school window.© Japan Today