A 51-year-old high school teacher at a public school in Akita Prefecture forced an 18-year-old female student to wear a maid’s costume, telling her that she would not receive academic credits if she refused. The student reported the case to police, the local education board said Wednesday.
According to school officials, the teacher, who manages an art club at Odate High School, pressured the student to wear a maid costume for a photo contest on Sept 22 last year. He told the student that he would not give her any credits for the class unless she wore the costume. The teacher told officials he chose the student as a model because of her “cute smile.”
The teacher brought a digital camera to the session and asked three other female students to take photos of the girl while he left the room. The student later complained to a female school official, who encouraged her to report the matter to local police on Tuesday.
The teacher was quoted by school officials as saying, “It was just a joke.” He and the school principal apologized to the student and her parents on Wednesday, and immediately deleted the images of her in the maid costume.
The teacher has been suspended from managing the art club for three months, but not from teaching students in the club, according to the school officials.