Disability Education Japan

Osaka teacher grabbed disabled student’s neck saying “Don’t you think that you are disabled?”

“The 40-year-old male teacher assaulted a male student with a disability saying, “Don't you think that you are disabled?””

Written with extracts from The Yomiuri & Sankei Shimbun

October 25th 2019

The Osaka Prefectural Education Agency on October 23rd said that at a prefectural special support school junior high school, a 40-year-old male teacher assaulted a male student with a disability saying, “Don’t you think that you are disabled?” The agency is considering disposing of the teacher saying “human rights violations are not allowed as teachers”.

According to the announcement, in a class held on September 27, when moving a student who needed assistance, the teacher was angry that his right little finger was hurting and moved about 2 meters whilst strongly holding the student’s chin. The teacher also grabbed the back of his neck and said, “I’m going to talk”, and pressed his hands strongly against the student’s chest.

Upon receiving reports from other teachers in charge of the same class and confirmation by the vice president, the teacher recognized rants and corporal punishment. On the same day, the principal and the vice-president visited the student’s home and apologized to the parents.

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