Officials at a school in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, say that a 26-year-old teacher has been disciplined for slapping a 13-year-old student and pushing him down a stairwell.
The school said the incident occurred in April at Sagamihara municipal junior high school. TV Asahi reported that the teacher grabbed the boy by the neck and pushed him down a stairwell, after which he slapped him across the face. The student fell nearly 10 steps, damaging ligaments in his right leg and was in hospital for three weeks.
After his actions were discovered, the teacher was forced to take a three-month pay cut as a disciplinary measure for his behavior. The teacher later explained to the school board that the boy had not cleaned up during his allotted time, and had thrown a tantrum when reprimanded.
The teacher released a statement in which he apologized for losing his temper. "I have reflected upon my actions, and am incredibly sorry for my inappropriate behavior," he said in the statement, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today