Well, one Japanese father has certainly stepped up to address his 12 year old daughter’s bullying problem, but just not exactly in the most productive manner. A 53 year old man in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, was fined 300,000 yen (approx. $3,800) by a local court for hitting an elementary school boy. In October of last year, the man entered his daughter’s school classroom at 8:40 AM, and proceeded to hit the boy in the face in front of the rest of the students.
The court ruling stated that the defendant admitted to striking the boy because his daughter asked him to out of fear the bullying would continue. Yes, that’s right, he did it because his child asked. Judges said that while it was understandable for a parent to want to protect their child from harm, interrupting a school lesson to assault a child is far too aggressive. “Aggressive”? I would have gone with “irresponsible,” “stupid,” “out of control,” or just all three.
When the court ruling was finished, the man told reporters that he was sorry for beating up the boy, but there was “no other way” to protect his daughter. (No. Other. Way.) He also stated that the information about his daughter’s bullying was excluded from the ruling. Coincidentally, the local board of education said they found no evidence of the girl’s abuse. Another attempted cover-up by the school, or just a not-so-bright parent overreacting because of all the news about Japan’s bullying epidemic? The fact that entered a classroom to hit the boy has me leaning towards the later.
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