A school is in trouble for expelling a schoolgirl for having sex with her teacher, and refuses to reinstate her despite being ordered by a court to do so.
The incident began at a private Shizuoka prefecture high school where an 18-year-old schoolgirl enjoyed a sexual relationship with a male teacher at the school.
She was boarding at the school and was reportedly recognised for academic excellence and had received a scholarship.
When the relationship came to the attention of the school, they promptly dismissed the teacher for his conduct. As the girl is 18 and thus an adult, no crime has been committed.
The girl continued attending school, but was expelled soon after – the school displays the usual peculiar Japanese understanding of the term “voluntary”:
“She showed no remorse, and ignored our recommendation she drop out of school voluntarily, so we expelled her.”
They then offered a “compromise” of expelling her but recognising her graduation if she pursued a course of self-study, but she refused, saying “I want to see out the end of my high-school years together with my classmates.”
The girl had intended to continue on to a technical college, but with her graduation cancelled due to expulsion she was unable to proceed.
The local district court considered her expulsion excessive, pointing out that “[permanent] expulsion should only be used when the student shows no likelihood of reform” and provisionally ruled that as it was a first offence she should have been temporarily suspended for 2 months instead.
However, the school refused to obey the court ruling and let her attend, with the principal complaining “We can’t preserve discipline if our punishments are vague… if they come out with a final verdict, we’ll go along with it.”
The school was subsequently criticised for disobeying a court, with one educational critic pointing out that “If a school won’t obey the law, they are in danger of becoming dictatorial. They should obey the ruling no matter what they think about it.”
Her father comments that “I can’t say my daughter is blameless, but she is sorry and I would like to see her graduate with her friends.”