A 62-year old principal from a municipal high school in Osaka was announced to have resigned from his post for hitting seven children on the head. One of the children was said to have brought a knife to the school and threatened other students. The other six students, who are classmates with the child who brought the weapon, were also hit by the school principal for failing to inform school authorities. All six children are said to be in the sixth grade.
The Osaka Municipal Education Committee said on July 31 that the principal, whose name was not released, from Miyakojima Ward was already reprimanded on July 25. The principal also submitted his resignation letter on July 31 saying, “I had intended to teach them something. I’ve reflected very deeply on this matter.” According to Osaka Municipal Education Committee, “We aim to guide children without depending on physical violence.”
Osaka’s fame for its cultural and tourism contributions has been sullied as its education system has been plagued with a number of school-related violence. Bullying among students is not unknown, but having a school staff resort to the same harassment is indeed worthy of attention. Two days before Christmas last year, a 17-year old student committed suicide after a coach used physical punishment on the boy. The incident led the Osaka Municipal Education Committee to apologize for such acts. Relating both incidents, the education committee said, “We are deeply responsible when a member of the school’s management raises their hand to a child.”