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11:16 am - 09/18/2012

Bullied student gets apology / School recognizes problem, but victim asked to leave over 'anxiety'

SENDAI--A private high school in Sendai has apologized to a second-year student who suffered cigarette burns and other bullying by his classmates, but was asked to leave school because his scars might make other students feel "anxiety," according to sources.

According to the victim's mother and the school, a reinvestigation committee set up by the school has determined the boy suffered acts of physical violence inflicted by several students. It added the school should recognize that using a cigarette to leave burns was an act of bullying, and it "defied common sense" to think that leaving 22 burns on the victim's arm was acceptable.

The school admitted it had been "inconsiderate" to ask the bullied student to voluntarily leave before it had fully grasped the extent of the bullying. School officials apologized to him and his family Saturday night.

"We'll carefully instruct our students so such incidents never happen again," the vice principal told The Yomiuri Shimbun.

The victim's mother said the problem had moved a step toward resolution, but criticized the school for being "rather slow" to act on the matter.

The student also said the school seemed to have offered "a token apology."

According to the mother and other sources, the student had been beaten and kicked by three students from November onward and was burned with cigarettes 22 times by another student in May.

The school investigated the case and ordered the four assailants to voluntarily leave school or stay home. It also asked the bullied student to voluntarily leave the school because his scars might "cause anxiety among other students."

His family submitted a report on the offenses to Sendai Higashi Police Station on Aug. 6.

(Sep. 18, 2012)

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

OP note: Despite the growing awareness of bullying, it seems Japanese school officials have an almost unbearably long way to go.
bridgetothesky 18th-Sep-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
cant believe they forced the bullied kid to leave school.. that 'anxiety' that may cause the other students is just what they all need to see to understand how serious and how ridiculous bullying is.

stop sheltering n overprotecting kids that dont understand morals. this is why bullying happens in the first place
sad_eva 18th-Sep-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I second that. How sick to punish the victim for being bullied. I'm glad the family stood their ground.
izabera 18th-Sep-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
// was burned with cigarettes 22 times by another student in May//
wtf, once is bad enough but 22 times? I hope the authorities are addressing this behaviour before this bully graduates to full blown psychopath.
annhh 20th-Sep-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
inachan89 18th-Sep-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Are they joking?I think it's time for those "kids" to realize what bullying actually is,they are high school students not children.
naru_hime 18th-Sep-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thats a really pathetic move by the school. I would have thought that it would cause 'anxiety' to other students to actually come forward if they are also being bullied. What sort of example is that to set to bully victims?
l3luelillie 18th-Sep-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Wow.. so this is their way of getting rid of the problem, by having the bullies and its victim leave. Way to go..
Sigh.. what does 'school' actually means to them? :(

Edited at 2012-09-18 11:21 pm (UTC)
blahblah 19th-Sep-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
22 BURNS!!??? That's not only bullying. That's a crime!!! The school should be ashamed of its faults (not protecting the students, not giving the proper attention to bullying) and not making this even worse!
arasukishi 19th-Sep-2012 01:07 am (UTC)
This doesn't make sense! The poor kid!
katzsong 19th-Sep-2012 01:52 am (UTC)
So...the bullies and victim lives, then the whole school shall forget and pretend it never happens? >.> Sure, that will solve a LOT of problems..tsk..tsk.. *sarcastic mode on*
kazeyumi 19th-Sep-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
shame on you, school. shame. on. you.
kawaii_beela 19th-Sep-2012 03:23 am (UTC)
what is wrong with that school? its like "well... we apologized but nw u have to leave the school so u dont make others feel uncomfortable kthxbai"

ofs1992 19th-Sep-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
the cigar burns are that obvious yet the teachers or school officials don't do anything? were they thinking it happened at home so they don't dare interfere? turning blind eye, don't rock the boat is that it?
ofs1992 19th-Sep-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
bullies and bullied asked to leave that school. who knows they might meet up again as schoolmates in their new schools tsk
kodochalover 19th-Sep-2012 06:33 am (UTC)

That's just bs.

You can't just shelter these kids and try to hide these issues from them by banishing the victim. Because they do this, bullying continues :/
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