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Japanese high school apologizes over assaults on baseball team boys after Mainichi reports

The dormitory and grounds of St. Catalina Gakuen High School's baseball team is seen Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, on July 19, 2022. (Mainichi/Tomoe Saito)

MATSUYAMA -- St. Catalina Gakuen High School here released an apology on July 21 over group assaults on two players on the school's baseball team, following Mainichi Shimbun reporting on the incidents.

    The assaults on the boys by other baseball club members took place in November 2021 and May 2022 in the team dormitory in the west Japan city of Matsuyama. The statement signed by St. Catalina Principal Minoru Kondo read, "We understand the suffering caused on the victims and their guardians and we deeply apologize."

    Both victims eventually transferred to other schools.

    The May incident had already been made public, but the apology was the first time the school had addressed the November 2021 attack. The mother of the victim in the latter case said, "I don't believe that the school has ever formally apologized. If they had taken the matter seriously from the start, they would have apologized sooner."

    The school has, however, not disclosed details on either assault, as they include victims' personal information and revealing them would violating their privacy.

    (Japanese original by Tomoe Saito, Matsuyama Bureau)

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