Elementary school principal resigns after responding to knife threat with a heavy smack
Japan Today -- Aug 05
The principal of an elementary school in Osaka recently resigned under pressure from the city's board of education after using physical violence as a disciplinary measure against seven of the school's students for enacting and concealing the event of a knife threat within the school.

In May, a sixth-grade boy broke school rules by bringing a knife onto campus and using it to threaten six of his classmates. No one was harmed, and the event was subsequently concealed from the teachers by all involved, even those students who were threatened. When the incident came to light, all seven students were called into a separate room and hit over the head once each by the principal.

None were injured, but nevertheless, the board of education was not happy at all with the head teacher's choice of disciplinary action. They emphatically wish that violence not be used to discipline students, linking such acts with suicide rates in the district.

狩猟用ナイフを学校に持ち込んだ小学生を指導のため叩いたとして、校長が処分された。­8月1日付の報道によると、2013年5月に大阪市内の小学6年生がナイフを学校に持­ち込み、同級生を脅していたという。校長(62)はこの児童と周囲にいた同級生6人の­合わせて7人を別室に呼び、頭を1回ずつ叩いた。しかしこのことが「体罰だ」と問題視­され、大阪市教育委員会が懲戒処分としたが、校長は7月31日付で依願退職した。同市­は12年に体罰が原因で高校生が自殺に追い込まれ、社会問題に発展。市教委は「体罰に­頼らない指導を目指す中、管理職が手を上げた責任は重い」とコメントしている。一方、­ネットではこの処分に批判が噴出。ツイッターなどには「意味が分からない」「ナイフを­持ってきた小学生に処分はないのか」「杓子定規過ぎる解釈」などの意見が続々と書き込­まれいている。
News sources: Japan Today, TomoNewsJP
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