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The board of education in Tachikawa, Tokyo, said Monday that an elementary school teacher exercised “an inappropriate teaching method” when he fingerprinted 37 students last week in a bid to prevent bullying in his classroom.

On Wednesday, the teacher, who is in his 30s, had his sixth-grade students place their inked fingers on paper after finding out that someone had placed a thumbtack in a female student’s shoe.

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