Teacher suspended for hugging students while singing to them

TOKYO —

A 55-year-old male teacher has been suspended from his Shonan Ward high school in Kanagawa Prefecture for inappropriate behavior with some female students.

How inappropriate? For starters, he composed an original love ballad.

The teacher was acting as an adviser for the school’s music club between August and October of 2012. During that time he called in two female club members for a private meeting which, for some reason, involved hugs.

For one of the girls, he then proceeded to perform his own song on the piano. The song’s lyrics contained lines such as “inside me, you are the only woman in the world.”

The young woman turned down the teacher’s serenade saying “this is creeping me out.”

Not willing to be dissuaded by her rejection, the man continued to send his affection via e-mails to her mobile phone.

According to the board of education, the girls had not immediately reported the teacher because he was the club adviser.

The teacher was suspended for six months but voluntarily resigned on the same day as his punishment was handed down. “I deeply regret causing discomfort to the students” the teacher reportedly said – presumably in a lawyerly tone.

Source: Yomiuri (Japanese)

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  • 1

    tmarie

    Creepy and harassment. Fire him. When is Japan going to deal with such teachers properly?

  • 3

    Farmboy

    “inside me, you are the only woman in the world”

    Something doesn't seem quite right...

  • 4

    Mocheake

    Good on the girls (although the story does not clearly say) that they had the courage to report him.

  • 2

    noriyosan73

    Teachers need to keep their hands off the children and tell the children to keep their hands off the teacher.

  • 1

    Nessie

    Kimoi!

  • -1

    Pukey2

    God, if it's not hugs, it's slaps.

  • 2

    nandakandamanda

    If this was a crime, it would be in the crime section, right?

  • 1

    JonathanJo

    Physical contact between a teacher and student is always wrong.

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