School Seeks To Expel Bullied Torture Victim


Yet another Japanese school has caused a bullying scandal, this time by insisting a bullying victim who was tortured with dozens of cigarette burns leave the school as the ghastly state of his arm might bother classmates.

A 16-year-old student at a Sendai city high school was the victim of sustained bullying from 4 classmates starting in November of 2011, culminating in “a test of courage” involving repeatedly burning him with cigarettes.


He suffered over 20 cigarette burns in one attack, and as graphic photographs of his forearm show, this left him with significant scars. He was also repeatedly beaten and attacked, eventually becoming unable to attend school further.

According to the boy’s mother, in August the school finally tackled the incident, with the bullies apologising for some of their actions, but the school also told her they wanted the boy to “voluntarily” drop out of the school, “as the scars on his arm will disturb other students.”

In response, his family has raised the stakes – by reporting the incident to police as a case of assault. For once, police have accepted the complaint and are apparently investigating.

The school has refused to comment on their handling of the incident.

It should be noted that the school’s response occurred in August and July – well after the bullying suicide incident in Shiga played out into a national scandal and a major criminal investigation.

Amongst Japanese there appears to be increasing exasperation at just how rotten the nation’s teachers and schools have become, although if this can occur even after the issue was repeatedly addressed by the PM and cabinet and police and media descended upon a sacrificial school there does not appear to be much prospect of progress:

“So now they expel the victim…”

“Are there really schools which are this horrible?”

“This is grotesque.”

“These will never heal completely. Too harsh.”

“I simply cannot believe a school could be this nasty…”

“The school’s message is that weaklings who get bullied should just stay home!”

“Can’t they fix this with surgery? He won’t be able to get a job unless he can keep his arm covered all the time.”

“It’s as bad as the one in Shiga…”

“It’s even worse than Shiga!”

“I suppose this time the bullies have powerful parents as well. Expelling the victim is just…”

“The bullies should be expelled for smoking if nothing else.”

“I just feel sick when I hear about how these schools handle this stuff…”

“What does this school even mean by it ‘disturbing other students’?”

“This is well within the bounds of criminal assault. Those bullies ought to have been promptly arrested and that would have been the end of the matter!”

“What kind of school expels bullying victims?”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Jesus and to think I used to want to visit this country when I was younger. What a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Japan always welcome you when you come there as tourist. But you have to be stronger to permanently living there, because I heard lot of news foreigner living in Japan, and most of them is not too good.

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:41 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'd go there and become a yakuza. Gaijin yakuza inducing fear on everyone... souds nice

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 08/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You made a mistake, let me fix that for you:
    'you have to be retarded to want to permanently living there.'

    Much better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 07/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    u heard right? not seeing it

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 07/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Been there for 10 years...

    Yup, the place is a racist shithole...

    Fukushima's crisis is the tip of the rotteness... plenty more under...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It probally depends on where you live in japan. People in diffrent regions may be nicer to forigners, but tbh japan needs to get over its xenophobia already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Someone's pretty ignorant. Scale is different you little retard get some real experience.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 08/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 11:29 - Racism =/=Xenophobia. Yes there are a large number of racists in western countries, but that doesn't mean we are all racist. I believe anywhere you go there will either be racism or in some cases Xenophobia. Call it an unfortunate part of the human condition. People fear/hate anything or anyone that can be considered different from them. Why? Well I believe that deep down people fear anything/anyone that is different then them. It's a pretty sad and pathetic, but again, it's another part of the human condition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    My real experience involves my parents(OAPs) and a few other Asian families being forced out their UK homes by NEDs throwing stones, breaking windows everyday and the police doing nothing. Considering they are OAPs, that makes it much worse when compared to this article.

    Seems like you're the one that needs a clue little boy. Try coming out of that bubble of yours at some point, it'll broaden your horizon. ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, my country welcomes any immigrants of any colour or background with open arms and throws money at them. Indigenous white people are treated much worse than them here..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if you don't like Japan, you can go to Singapore, government receives foreigners like receiving it's own citizens back home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, America is one of the easiest places on earth to get citizenship in, PROVIDED YOU DO IT LEGALLY. And nowadays, a very very small percentage of the population is racist toward people of color (mostly in small pockets in the south).

    And as far as Japan goes, I would imagine places like Tokyo and the cities are much more tolerant.

    That being said, any sort of xenophobia or racism is stupid, especially in a globalized age such as this. Those who don't join with the rest of the world will simply fall behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:29 - Nigga' please, you think you got things tough in the States? I KNOW you're talking about the States. You think you're unequal? You think you're not free? Even many /illegal aliens/ can assimilate virtually unnoticed into society (I know some personally - most people do), much less "colored people."

    Then go to Sicily where your ancestrally-related brethren are flocking illegally to live in tents on riverbanks. Surely you'll receive illegal treatment there.

    Comment by Anonymous

    As a foreigner living in Japan now, I've personally never experienced what you're talking about.

    What I do see though is that foreigners who do think this way should check their own attitudes 1st.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 07/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    @anon 10:14

    ...and coloured people don't receive the same treatment in western countries right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The only thing they have left going for them is their anime/manga.....and maybe their gundams. If not for those I would've turned my back on this country a long time ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forget that other than x360 all the handheld and console systems all come from japan, most of the electronics you use today were designed in japan. If they went bye bye we'd be stuck with us made overpriced as hell electronics that aren';t even half as good as the imported ones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If US currency could be held in favorable conditions against world currencies, we would have no problems exporting. Your comments ignore the power of globalization and how much it cripples 1st world countries due to greatly higher costs it takes to manufacture and compete against other nations even if producing items of same quality.

    Level of economic ignorance and knowledge amongst the 'japan products #1', 'developing nations are better at making things' crowd is astonishing. Korea is slowly beating japan, and apple is all the rage in these places, so it is right to say japan's 'innovations' are not due to any special abilities on their part, but favorable global economic system that favors exporting nations with almost limitless global market and lower currency rates rather than domestic markets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That doesn't excuse them for the stupid shit they do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did visit this country once and I never wanted to come back.... damn it, if only i had more money...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    man if that was here in my country these bullies would have been in a hell lot of trouble, there would be no need for police

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The heck? I've been here for 3 years and I never experienced such thing. Most people are kind to people outside Japan.

    I think looking at the way you speak about Japanese people, you need to reflect on your own attitude first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    now, now, you shouldn't blame the entire country on a few isolated incidents. After all, pretty much every country has been responsible for some utterly retarded shit at some point, and may unfortunately continue to be responsible for utterly retarded shit well into the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ja. Pretty much most of humanity is fucked up at this point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they say about 5% of the population are sociopaths. The others, on the other hand, have probably come from dysfunctional homes and whatnot. But the problem is is your perception. Most news stories that are plucked here and there are about human depravity. It wouldn't be news if they talked about how someone was civil to one another. That doesn't sell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We're all living in Amerika
    Coca-Cola, sometimes war

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0) wonderbaar

    Comment by Anonymous

    Soon humanity will decline and smiling fairies will fuck up the Earth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Then men will wander the earth in search of untainted resources and starve to death, with only plants left behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. One might think that in a sane country people would oppress the police and the government until every single one bully caught like this is severely punished and the bullied ones are reasonably protected from losing their rights because they were bullied.

    One might think that but... Most judiciary systems dont work that way and there is a reason why. While people who do their own justice might condemn without proof, a judiciary system doesn't. How exactly do you prove the bullies were being bullies? Not easy. People shouldn't make an uproar demanding heads to fall until they are reasonably knowledgeable of the case, which means, part of the school.
    Schools are fucked up. If they weren't this kind of bullying would not be possible. But this case doesn't show anything about the rest of the country.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And America's any better? Kids with guns running around shooting random people. What a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    How is that different from that guy in Japan that ran around with a knife stabbing random people? Or that government in North Korea running around disapearing random people? Or those Germans pretending to have black people in thier country by hiring one to run for them in the Olympics? Or those French guys having gay sex with random people? Oh wait...I got off track.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    This is why America will always be better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 08/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >How is that different from that guy in Japan that ran around with a knife stabbing random people?
    Im pretty sure America's have proportionally more murder than Japan. I won't stay that making weapons illegal prevent crimes, but at least people are less likely to go one a killing spree, and said killing spree won't be horrible.

    >Or that government in North Korea running around disapearing random people?

    Anything is better than a dictature.

    >Or those Germans pretending to have black people in thier country by hiring one to run for them in the Olympics?

    Do you actually believe that Germany is 100% WHITE MASTER RACE country ? Have you ever been in Germany ?

    >Or those French guys having gay sex with random people?

    What ? Frankly, I prefer people engaging in disturbing sexual activities than trained people carriying weapons with them and who could shoot you if they ever go crazy.
    You kow, make love, not war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    No, no, my ignorant friend. In America, 'monopolize' it and publicly diminish the worth of individuals. We're like Japan, but our media and sheeple are better at what they do.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >Or those Germans pretending to have black people in thier country by hiring one to run for them in the Olympics?

    What the fuck are you talking about?

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    Comment by bedlam11
    06:16 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not remotely comparable you fucking idiot. There are no in America schools that support mass murder, unlike Japan where apparently it is in vogue for schools to openly support bullies and attack victims of violence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 08/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @03:17 Wow so your gonna be a grossly overgeneralizing moron and blame the entire fucking country for the indiscretions of a small minority? A small minority that is composed of fucking deprave and psychotic individuals? FUCK YOU.

    It's not our fault some asshat woke up one morning and asked himself "Hmm....I wonder how many people I can kill in the shortest amount of time, while simultaneously creating the most amount of carnage and bloodshed?"

    Contrary to popular belief, not all Americans are stupid, psychotic, etc. So quit acting like a fucking moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least they do something, unlike these japanese with no balls to act on the situation. No one can respect weak-willed people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least they are upfront about their shit instead of acting like a little bitch and calling it 'social subtlety' like japs.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Because Whitey America fucking sucks. Japan may be small but bigger (America) isn't always better. America is a fucking shithole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So are lots of places in the world. I don't see what bigoted point is. Also, I don't know what the hell "Whitey America" is. I don't know what hole you've been living in, but every time I walk down the street I see a whole lot more than "white".

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 08/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @13:27 - Just goes to show you have no fucking clue what your even on about. 1) America hasn't been a predominately white country for a long ass time. To be quite honest Caucasians are the minority in this country now. I see more African Americans, Latinos, Asians, etc then I do Caucasians. 2) This country is far from a shithole. We've got a long ways to go before that happens. But if our government keeps going the way it's going, we will become a shit hole eventually. 3) There are far worse countries in the world that fit the description of a shit hole.

    So you need to educate yourself before you decid to be a bigoted fucking moron. If your gonna insult an entire country, at least base your insults on facts first. It would make your insults a little more credible. But I guess that's too damn hard for you to do considering your IQ level. Or rather your perceived IQ level.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    15:21 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Grass isn't greener anywhere else pall, but keep shittalking everything you do know and praising shit you don't.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is why I am glad I live in canada, everyone likes us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 07/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    haha.. right

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What the Hell is wrong with Japanese schools? Rampant bullying and child-molesting teachers and nothing is ever done. It seems like protecting the school's reputation, by pretending that nothing is happening, is more important than stopping the crimes and seeking justice for the victims. It sickens me that an advanced nation like Japan lets this go on.

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    Comment by KingFisher
    09:26 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Disgusting. Japan's teachers are just slime.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:23 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Slime is not a strong enough word I call them shit or a waste of carbon atoms

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    Comment by nope
    03:11 07/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    man fuckin animals.

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