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Teacher tells student to jump from school window in Saitama

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An elementary school teacher at a public school in the city of Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture, verbally and physically abused one of his students, including telling him to jump from the school window, local board of education officials said.

According to reports from the school, it all started with several students causing a stir in the classroom over a pencil sharpener last Wednesday. During the homeroom period after school, the teacher asked one of the boys to come to the front of the class, during which time he asked all other parties involved to explain what had happened. When the student tried to defend himself, the teacher interrupted him and told him to jump from the classroom window.

“Jump now. Are you scared for your life? Jump right now,” the teacher told the boy, pushing him against the window on the third floor of the building, Japanese media reported. He further told the boy: “There are 34 students in the class, but from tomorrow we’ll go on as 33.”

The incident came to light after the boy refused to go to school from the next day and the parents questioned their son over his school experience.

The boy’s parents further revealed that their son had been subjected to physical abuse by the teacher, including kicking him in the back in April this year.

The teacher has reportedly admitted to the accusations and has apologized to the family and the student directly.

The school has admitted that this is a serious case of physical and verbal bullying and will be holding a gathering for the parents this week.

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"The school has admitted that this is a serious case of physical and verbal bullying and will be holding a gathering for the parents this week."

As opposed to the "unserious" cases they love to turn an eye on and deny when they come to light. And is the teacher up on charges yet? Nope.

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Hopefully this teacher will be forced to seek out a new profession.

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I love it how board of educations in Japan will gladly throw teachers under the bus, but won't question the circumstances of how he was placed in that classroom in the first place. It obvious he shouldn't be teaching, but after he does the whole "sumimsen" deep bow, he'll be straight back into abusing more kids in a week. The education system in Japan needs a complete reworking on a national level, its a complete joke, all it does is overwork teachers and students.

Do we have to wait for record numbers of teachers and kids to off themselves before reform happens? Oh wait TIJ

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Unbelievable professional standard, not just Saitama but nation wide, no real penalty. No class management training, Read these books pass the test and presto a teacher.

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Mike Dasher: "Hopefully this teacher will be forced to seek out a new profession."

That's it? Yes, hopefully, but from behind bars. It is not only not professional, but it was downright bullying, and against the law. The BOE should also face charges and lawsuits for severe criminal neglect.

Cricky: That's what happens when your entire teaching practice is two weeks and the rest based on how you pass rote memory tests. The only legal professions here with worse practices on hiring inept, unqualified people are politics and the police.

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Sounds like attempted murder or attempted bodily harm. This should probably involve the police

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The school has admitted that this is a serious case of physical and verbal bullying and will be holding a gathering for the parents this week.

This is a criminal level lack of oversight. There is NO WAY that the school didn't know, and I'm willing to bet upon further investigation other incidents of abuse at this school, by this and possibly other teachers as well, will come to light.

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so one bad apple makes all the other apples bad, too?  by that logic,  one foreigner commits a crime so all foreigners are bad.  the vast majority of teachers are like the people reading this site, good and decent. yeah, a few are idiots but the same applies here.

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This whole thing gets more retardieu with each passing day.

When did the idiots get jail-time for their idiotic jokes? OK, let's jail them for a single stupid joke (LET'S) about jumping off the window, whatever. No? Because idiocy is not a crime. He is unfit to be teaching and must be removed and labeled "DEFECT" for any educational structure. But go serve a sentence? No.

Not, kicking someone is a whole new level of criminal activity. While telling him to jump off NOW JUST DO IT could be considered an encouragement, abusing him physically is certainly not, but the boy seems to be fine and not complaining anymore (Harsh encouragement worked) and the guys is being thrown out of the school. Win-win. I could agree to make is 6-12 months at most but better make it a probation. Should be enough to scare him off doing this crap ever again.

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Hard for teachers to stop bullying at school when they are the ones doing it.

Does he deserve to go to jail? No. Does he deserve the "opportunity" to move on to another job? Yes.

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It happens again and again, a systematic failure yet to be recognised let alone addressed. I have had senior teachers telling me not to worry, that student won't fit in and deserved the beating. Maybe the Prussian model of schooling is no longer a functioning model.

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In any other first-world country that teacher would be charged with assault and he'd lose his job. He'd also never teach again, not necessarily because he wouldn't want to, but because no responsible school board, nor private school, would hire him.

Indeed, from what I've read here, on JT, and seen first-hand with the children of friends in Sendai, Japan's educational system has a serious problem. What to do about it is anyone's guess. Maybe not send your children to school?

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Why the teacher has not been arrested for abusing a student physically and mentally? Or that is all fine as long as you say 'sorry'? Ridiculous!

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Terrible case but the acts of one inappropriate hire do not reflect the quality of teachers throughout the country, which from what I have seen isn't nearly as bad as what some of the comments on this story would lead you to believe.

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They've got enough material to involve the police but nope, let's do a meeting.

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No golden parachute for you.

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@smithinjapan.

the record is stuck. As usual. Your banal Saitama comments are so predictable and repetitive.

did you have a bad experience there?

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“Jump now. Are you scared for your life? Jump right now.” the teacher told the boy, pushing him against the window on the third floor of the building, Japanese media reported. He further told the boy: “There are 34 students in the class, but from tomorrow we’ll go on as 33.”

This is just shocking... an argument over a bloody pencil sharpener and he wants one of the kids - elementary school, so very young kids - to kill himself? Get shot of this terrible human being now!

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Shesh the dude didn't even get fired?

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I have had senior teachers telling me not to worry, that student won't fit in and deserved the beating. 

Really? What did you do next? Nothing? Just ignored it? Carried on as usual? Didn't want to rock the boat?

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Sorry, a teacher mentally and physically assaulted a child in his care and all the school has done is call a meeting. Why not the police? No way should this person ever work with young or vulnerable people again. He should be in prison.

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Sounds like a typical school day in Japan.

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I've seen it all after more than a decade working in Japan. Discipline is always verbal abuse, intimidation, threats or ridicule, which are all forms of bullying. I've also seen a few cases of physical abuse used as discipline. It disgusts me every time I see a kid or teenager being abused and bullied by one these self-indulgent are_soles. How can these teachers discipline kids if they cannot discipline themselves?

When Japan schools removed physical punishment they left the teachers with no forms of discipline. They are not allowed to remove unruly kids from classes or stop them participating in sports club. They are not allowed to detain the students at lunch times or after school. This has created a generation of students with no consequences for unruly behaviour and they know it. Yes, the can be expelled in very extreme cases, but it is not common. As a result, the teachers use intimidation, ridicule and verbal and sometimes physical abuse as discipline.

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Ok - what did the young man do that could possibly have caused such a reaction from the teacher?

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I wonder if any studies have been done on what goes on in the human brain when facing this specific kind of psychological bullying. In schools and workplaces, subordinates are taught to instantly comply with anything a superior tells them. So when a bully orders you to do something you can't possibly do (such as when he angrily demands that you hand him the completed version report that he knows has not been completed, or points at your computer's inbox and demands to see an e-mail that he knows you have not sent, or, as in this case, when he demands that you commit suicide by jumping out a window), your instinct to comply without the least hesitation is in conflict with the fact that you can't comply. You're totally paralyzed -- and with a monster right in your face bellowing at you!

I know I've never felt moments of greater stress than when my boss has used this tactic on me. Some kind of chemical must spike inside the brain; that's how awful it is.

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What the hell do the parents say at these meetings?

"OK he's sorry I trust him with my child " ?

it's no wonder my local wife is so against sending our children to national schools from elementary age.

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Parents of the boy's classmates are saying that the "nuance" of the words that came out of this teacher is quite different from what's reported on media..

They're saying that the boy was ripping class newspaper and stuff and told the teacher that he was told to do so by other classmates, so the teacher said "do you do what you are told to do even when it's a bad thing?".

"Would you jump off the window if you're told to do so? No, right? You do not do what's not good".

About the other remarks (34 students -- 33 students from tomorrow).

The boy took away his classmate's pencil sharpner.

The teacher said " You cannot become a member of this class of this 34 students until you fix your behavior.

Until you fix your behavior, this class is of 33 students".

To me, the teacher sounds very reasonable..

The boy seems to have changed the nuance when he spoke with his parents.

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