An elementary school teacher in Tachikawa, Tokyo, faces disciplinary action after it was learned that he had taken the fingerprints of every child in his sixth grade class.
The Board of Education said in a statement: "This behavior infringes upon the civil liberties of the children of this school."
According to members of the school board, the teacher, a man in his 30s, heard that one of the girls' shoes had been filled with sharp thumb tacks on May 11, Fuji TV reported. Two days later, the teacher questioned the 37 students and during questioning, ordered them to place their fingers on a piece of paper so he could get their prints.
Following the incident, the school received a number of complaints from the parents of children in the class, prompting the school to question the teacher. The board said the teacher has admitted to fingerprinting the children in an effort to discourage acts of bullying in the class.
The board said it will punish the teacher and met with parents of the children on Sunday to explain the situation.© Japan Today