• Kyodo


Police are looking into a physical abuse case by a male teacher at Nakayama Elementary School in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in which a 12-year-old student suffered a broken bone in his back.

According to the school and the municipal board of education, the 42-year-old teacher who runs the school’s basketball club threw one of the team members out of the gym to punish him for bad behavior.

The altercation occurred on March 4 after a game between the basketball club’s sixth-graders and a team of teachers that included the club head.

The boy reportedly refused to line up and shake hands with the other team, and the instructor reprimanded him, saying; “What’s with your attitude? Are you messing with me?”

The teacher later ordered the boy to leave the gym. When the sixth-grader refused, the two got into a scuffle and the teacher pushed the boy against the wall and the floor, kicked him and threw him out of the gym onto an artificial lawn outside.

The boy has been diagnosed with a fracture in his back, and the school apologized to his mother on March 5. The student has since returned to the school but will continue to see a doctor for weeks.

According to the board of education and the school, the same teacher was involved in a similar incident in October 2011. When disciplining a student for bad behavior, he pulled him forcefully, causing the student to twist an ankle. The teacher was reprimanded by the school’s principal.

The school has reported the latest incident to the police, who are questioning the instructor on suspicion of causing bodily harm to the boy. They are also interviewing the other teachers who witnessed the incident.

“We deeply apologize for this incident, which should have never happened,” the school’s principal, Atsumi Shimizu, said Wednesday.

The Aichi Prefectural Board of Education said it will take strict disciplinary action against the teacher.

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