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Teacher suspended for slapping student on head and kicking him for 35 minutes

By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

The Kumamoto City Board of Education has revealed that a junior high school music teacher in Kumamoto City was given a one-month suspension for enacting corporal punishment against an impudent male student.

According to the Board, on Feb 3, the 57-year-old teacher apparently became enraged when a second year student didn’t write down what was on the blackboard after repeated warnings. After finally getting the student to copy the contents into his notebook, the teacher observed the student laughing with his friend, and judged that he was being purposefully ignored. Unable to suppress his anger, he grabbed the student by his sleeve and then threw him into a nearby preparation room, where the student fell face forward.

After pulling the student up by the back of his shirt and forcing him to sit on his knees, the teacher then proceeded to slap the top of his head and kick at his thigh repeatedly over the span of 35 minutes. Following that, the teacher grabbed at the student’s hair and shouted threats and admonishments at him as he kicked a nearby shelf and threw plastic bottles on the floor in his anger.

The student was unharmed, but reportedly was too afraid to return to school for the next week. The teacher was immediately put on house arrest, and after some deliberation, the board decided last week to suspend him for a month, but critics say that is not enough.

According to news sources, the teacher has already previously been in trouble with the school two other times for punishing students with violence. The same teacher was also given a three-month suspension in 2016 for mishandling school club funds. Since this incident makes a fourth strike for serious misconduct, many critics said that such a teacher most certainly ought to have been dismissed:

“30 minutes?! That must have hurt!”

“All they could do was suspend him?”

“Why don’t they dismiss him? Trash.”

“If he has such a record and has done something so terrible this time around why didn’t they fire him?”

“A suspension? This counts as bodily harm and he should be arrested.”

“Tell us his name!”

“The fact that he can still continue to be a teacher after doing such a thing just shows that the public school system is no different from organized crime.”

“School teachers are being protected by something.”

The teacher, along with the principle and the student’s homeroom teacher, did visit the student’s home that day to apologize, but for many that is a far cry away from the type of penance he ought to be doing. While some may argue that there’s a certain tipping point where students really need to be shown who’s boss, corporal punishment should never be used as a method of discipline for schoolchildren, so we can only hope that, if this teacher is truly allowed to continue on in his profession, that he is able to keep his anger in check, and nothing like this ever happens again.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun via My Game News Flash, Kumamoto City, Kumamotonichi Nisshimbun

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A month suspension!

As soon as the school learned about the incident they should’ve called the police, and then fired him on the spot.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

I would completely understand if this coward teacher was punched to the ground and stomped by the father of the kid, give the grub a taste of his own medicine. Let the kids watch too. There should be ZERO tolerance for repeat child-beaters in schools.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

If teachers are not allowed to administer corporal punishment, then this is assault and the police should be involved.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

You do that to your own kid and you get charged criminally with child abuse. A teacher does it and gets a paltry one month suspension. They really have it backward sometimes.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Clearly not in the right profession. Maybe put him in the MMA ring since he's so tough...

5 ( +8 / -3 )

To protect children from further violence, the crazed teacher’s employment should be terminated immediately without a severance pay.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

In any other advanced country this individual would be arrested for assault. As what he did is illegal in Japan one wonders why he wasn’t? Understand the cultural reasons why it is unlikely to happen in Japan nut anywhere else in these circumstances the parents would rightly sue the school and education authorities for their failure. Not to mention the Headmaster should be disciplined for failing to manage their staff and for not dismissing the teacher on previous occasions.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I guessed this teacher was around 60 years old. I witnessed half a dozen or so similar incidents fished out by senior teachers in the nearly two decades I taught in Japanese jr/sr high schools. Only once was the teacher fired and that was from a so-called ‘prestigious’ private high school. These thugs should be banned from aver teaching again and facing criminal assault charges. Their pensions should also be defunct. A one month suspension is absurd!

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Suspended? Why wasn't he ARRESTED?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

This teacher is not a teacher. He is a bully and not worthy to be titled a teacher.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Teacher suspended for slapping student on head and kicking him for 35 minutes

For 35 minutes?? And only suspended? Clearly, a guy with such a massive anger management problem has business teaching children. Talk about bullying!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

This teacher needs to be banned for life.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

This is a man with priors and should never set a foot in any school again.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

What century is this?

Is Japan still stuck in a time warp?

Why didn’t the police arrest the teacher for assault and battery?

Has not a ‘Crime’ been committed???

5 ( +6 / -1 )

He ought to be sitting in jail. I hope the student's family brings suit against him, the school, and the board of ed.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

If the teacher did that to someone on the street, he would have been arrested for assult and battery.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Taibatu, corporal punishment, is explicitly forbidden by the Education Law (Article 11) by continues with the blessing of teachers, principals and boards of education. This is an extreme case. The culprit teacher has should himself to be dishonest, brutal and mentally unbalanced. What are those idiot administrators in Kumamoto about? The whole lot of them ought to be fired, not just the thug teacher. What are schools teaching when they show that at school the law does not matter?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

How long was the student expelled? Nobody gets pushed to this level without days, weeks, of prodding by the student.

And, yes, the teacher should be fired and assault charges filed.

And, that classroom needs a video camera system to protect the teachers AND the students.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

The 35 min of kicking could have been just one of those tap-tap-tap-tap sort of nagging "kicks", like a little brother does to anyone nearby. The kid was unharmed by it, so it was clearly restrained by the teacher.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

4th offense, and he only gets a suspension for assault of a student?

I usually avoid the outrage culture, but how is this man still employed? It seems ridiculous with the current information provided.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Look no further than the school for blame. If they keep letting the teacher work there despite what he does, they care more about him then the students.

2 ( +2 / -0 )


My thoughts exactly. The teacher probably tried to have the student removed from the classroom for his disruptive and disrespectful behaviour that can quickly spread like a virus. The board, however, likely did nothing. Now he acted (in the wrong, but still) and the board finally does something, but not against the student. Where are the teacher advocates out there? If we had teacher advocates half as vocal as the student advocates here, then it wouldn't have escalated to this level as the board would have had pressure to remove the student before it could get out of control.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

This is yet another terrible story about so called "Teachers" abusing Kids. The information herein, doesn't really give much background, but from what I have read,

I'm sorry to say... as a Parent, (given the information above), were I to have found that my Kid had been abused by that same said "Teacher", I would go around and personally "Teach him a thing or two", regardless of the consequences. (Especially given my knowledge of my own "difficult" Kids behaviour's). At least, I am physically in such a position to do so, and would probably throw him around the classroom a bit or two as something to remember.... Though Legally, this would be wrong.... but Legally, this Teacher will get away with it - he's a Bully, and should never be allowed to work again with Kids...

The School itself, is also at fault, and the Governors should resign for not having set up a process where difficult Kids could be identified and helped, or difficult Teachers dealt with.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Sometimes, there are difficult Kids, who should not really be in the same classroom as others. This is the problem of the School to address. Hence, my comments above, about the School Governors also being at Fault.

There's little information in the above story to make a properly informed judgement. I've given my initial emotional thoughts.... I hope School bodies adapt and deal with situations such as this properly and openly.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

This is called "Assault" and he should be prosecuted by the local municipality prosecutors and fired by the school. This teacher is not an adult if he acts this way.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

No discipline at home leads to no respect at school. The teacher should have asked once to obey, then eject from the classroom for failing to obey the instructions and interrupting and undermining the teachers authority in the classroom. Not that complicated. If the child has underlying issues at home, seek help.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

A suspension?

For a prolonged and brutal assault?

A disgrace. This violent "teacher" deserves some prison time and mandatory anger management sessions.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No discipline at home leads to no respect at school.

Where does it say that he has no discipline and what kind of discipline should he be getting?

If the child has underlying issues at home, seek help.

The child?

It's the teacher who appears to have underlying issues.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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