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Despicable peer bullying among teachers in Kobe shocks society

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“You must have been surprised to get a new teacher all of a sudden. I am so sorry. ...”

Thus starts a long letter written by a teacher on sick leave to pupils in his class at Higashi-Suma Elementary School in Kobe. It is painful to read.

He was one of four teachers in their 20s at the school who were subjected to repeated bullying and physical abuse by four of their colleagues in their 30s and 40s, including a woman.

The latter apparently picked on him more viciously than on the others.

According to the municipal board of education, he was smacked on his buttocks with the cardboard core of a large roll of paper. His tormentors climbed on the roof of his car and also coerced him into sending a sexual message to a female colleague.

And there is a video of the victim, who cannot eat spicy foods, being held down and force-fed ultra-spicy curry.


© The Asahi Shimbun