In another sports-related bullying incident, a volleyball coach from Hamamatsu Nittai senior high school in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan was caught on video repeatedly slapping a male student, hitting him at least 13 times in 16 seconds. The video has gone viral on YouTube, with over 1.6 million views by Wednesday.
The incident was captured by another student from the school during a practice game in Gifu. Aside from hitting the second-grade high school student, who is probably around 16-17 years old, the coach was also heard on the video shouting, “Don’t joke around, kid! Do you understand? You’re stupid!” The school, who verified the video, said the coach admitted to the physical abuse, and he is also named in another beating incident on the same day involving a different student. Toshitaka Shiozawa, the school’s assistant principal, refused to reveal the name of the teacher, but said they are considering punishing him. Considering the video clearly shows the assault, they would probably have no choice but to do so, even if neither of the students suffered any serious injury. Corporal punishment in schools has been banned after World War II but there are still a lot of reported and unreported incidents, specifically in sports education.
This is just the latest in a series of incidents that have brought to light the physical and emotional abuses that some coaches heap on their players or students. In December of 2012, a teenager committed suicide, leaving a note saying he could not take anymore of the abuse he was suffering at the hands of his basketball coach. In January, Japan’s judo community was shocked when reports came out that the national women’s team coach was beating his athletes with a bamboo sword and emotionally torturing them as well. Then just earlier this month, world gold medalist and judo champion Shohei Ono was suspended from his university together with his other teammates for physically abusing the younger members of their squad.
[ via SBS ]