A middle school teacher who beat four of his students found himself promoted to vice-principal only the month after he was forced to apologise.
At his new school, he then so traumatised a girl with his harsh words to her that she refused to attend school and began harming herself.
He was found in early 2007 to have slapped at least four schoolboys in the face, prompting parents to make formal complaints. The teacher was subsequently given an oral reprimand by the local city board, and apologised in person at the homes of the students he assaulted.
Deeming that he had secured the understanding of the parents, the city board did not bother to report his actions to the prefectural board, which proceeded to promote him to vice-principal of another school shortly after.
The prefectural school board excused itself: “We’re still checking the facts, but it seems likely we would have refrained from promoting him had we known at the time [what he had just done].”
Having finally found out about all this, the prefectural assembly is criticising those concerned: “They do not appreciate the gravity of this (illegal) corporal punishment.”
The teacher caused another incident when he moved to his new school. There, at the end of 2007 he told a third year middle school student “You’re just a nuisance”; the next month the girl dropped out of school and played truant until the present, for over a year.
She was also said to have begun engaging in self mutilation after the incident.
Via Nikkan Sports.