• Kyodo


An elementary school teacher made her third-graders submit fingerprints on scotch tape after someone wrote graffiti on the blackboard in June last year, the board of education in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, said Tuesday.

The city-run school issued an apology after parents said the teacher had gone too far. The board of education said there was a lack of human rights consideration.

According to the board, the teacher, in her 20s, found the word “baka,” or idiot, written on the blackboard on June 26 last year. She asked the class who did it but no one claimed responsibility. Two days later, the teacher made the class of about 30 pupils submit fingerprints, following a student’s suggestion.

The teacher reportedly told the school she did not intend to search for the offender. She quit the job after the school term ended in July last year due to health reasons.

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