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Osaka teacher suspended for verbally abusing boy with speech difficulties

Osaka City Hall is seen in the city's Kita Ward in this March 18, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Yukiko Hayashi)

OSAKA -- The city education board here suspended an elementary school teacher for six-months on Aug. 5 for repeatedly abusing a sixth grader in a special needs class and filing a false report.

    According to the Osaka Municipal Board of Education, the 39-year-old senior teacher at the municipal elementary school repeatedly used violent language toward the boy between April and June 2021. In spite of the boy having difficultly speaking, the teacher is said to have ordered him to "just say hello" and criticized him, saying, "You could at least say thank you." The teacher is also suspected of hitting the boy hard on the shoulders.

    When questioned by the principal and others, however, he made a false report, saying, "I provided guidance while considering his future social life."

    The abuse came to light after the boy's guardians consulted the school in November 2021. The student was scared of the teacher's behavior, and couldn't attend school from August 2021 to January 2022.

    The male teacher reportedly later admitted to the education board, "I was venting my frustration over my lack of leadership ability."

    (Japanese original by Tatsuki Noda, Osaka City News Department)

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