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High School Student Dies in Japan
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Posted 5/13/08 , edited 8/26/08
Whose Fault? What positive actions can be done to correct the perceived defect?....


LEAD: It was a few seconds before the start of high school, and as usual several students were dashing to arrive before the close of the entrance gate. But this time, a 15-year-old girl fell, and a teacher slammed a heavy metal gate into her head. She died later of a concussion.

It was a few seconds before the start of high school, and as usual several students were dashing to arrive before the close of the entrance gate. But this time, a 15-year-old girl fell, and a teacher slammed a heavy metal gate into her head. She died later of a concussion.

'Preoccupied With Rules'

''Certain rules are necessary for schools because they are places of group responsibility,'' said the Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's largest circulation daily. ''But what a cruel punishment this was. We see a teacher who was preoccupied with enforcing rules and forgot all other things.''


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CEED61038F933A05754C0A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1
Posted 5/13/08
happens all the time.
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Well, for what you have wrote and re-wrote, it isn't detailed enough for me to judge who is in the fault.

For example, what if the teacher didn't notice? you can't blame that totally on the teacher if it was accidental nor you can say he's totally in fault. I'm not being cold blooded by not helping that student but to use the word "Slame" is a little too much, you're making it sound as if the teacher WANTED to give him/herself some serious trouble by killing one of the student of the school.
Posted 5/13/08
It's no one's fault. The world is too overpopulated, that's why shit like this happens.
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Posted 5/13/08
HAHAHA thats funny
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Posted 5/13/08
SAD =(
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Posted 5/13/08
its sad that things like this happen <_<;
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First off, thanks for posting a link to the actual article. First off, I have to say, that this is one of those instances where I am glad that I was raised in an environment and sent to schools where regulations and rules were not considered a second Bible. As developing adults, teens and kids need to be informed and made aware of their boundaries, for sure, but they also need to be given enough slack to make their own mistakes learn from them and mature.

Also, I do not claim to be an authority on Japanese culture and custom, but the teacher (who is recieving the blame) seems to be reacting to the incident in a very weird and extreme way. Obviously he is feeling a lot of guilt and pressure for what happened, but living for the rest of his life in a monastary (sp?) sounds too extreme.

Can I also say that I am glad to be in a place and culture where corporal punishment from educators is frowned upon?

By coincidence, the occasional cruelty of teachers was reflected this month in the suspension of seven junior high school teachers in Fukuoka for alleged involvement in beating two students and then burying them up to their necks on a beach as waves crashed in.


Perhaps it is time that an intestigation be made into how certain aspects of the Japanese school system can be reformed for the benefit and increased safety of its students.


The high school principal has also been severely criticized because after the incident on July 6, he called a school assembly to express sorrow and grief but also to remind students that this was the kind of thing that could happen when they are late for school...Mr. Imabashi, who has conducted research on corporal punishment in schools, said: ''The serious legal and educational responsibilities of the principal in the school's administration have been unfairly played down.''


*all quotes taken from the newspaper article. link above in first post*
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What a stupid way to die. 0_0

I think it's everyone's fault, not no one's fault. LOL
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I'm certain the teacher feels bad, and it was a mistake.

or not. who knows.
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What a sad way to go. What was that guy thinking?!

I think whoever laughs at this should grow up... death isn't funny.
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Really? Slammed? I dont think teachers are that cruel. Maybe the girl was small and the teacher couldnt see her when she fell. No one in their right mind would 'slam' a gate when another person is there.
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Posted 5/14/08

hypervalor wrote:


BOYVIRO666 wrote:

HAHAHA thats funny


This isn't /b/


its very funny
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Posted 5/14/08
brings new meaning to the phrase "better late than never"
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Posted 5/14/08
That's terrible.
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