The parents of a second year middle school student in Kani City, Gifu Prefecture, filed a damages suit against a school on Wednesday, claiming that their son had been punched and bullied by a fellow student and that teachers had taken no action.
The principal of the public school issued a statement apologizing for the latest incident, saying: "We really have to think about how to stop this kind of behavior from happening again."
According to the school, the 13-year-old victim was punched in the abdomen and chest five to 10 times by a fellow classmate on July 12 during the period between classes, sustaining mild injuries.
The parents of the boy claimed he had been the target of abuse from other students before. They received an apologetic visit from school staff on Tuesday night, but decided to file a damages suit on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, it has also come to light that at the same school, a female student was said to have been forced to take her clothing off and be photographed by other students in June.© News reports