Last week a teacher in Fukuoaka lost his temper with a student who repeatedly fell asleep in class. After calling the boy to the staff room, the unnamed teacher chastised him for continually sleeping during lessons. But as the teacher felt the student didn’t show any remorse, he handed him a piece of paper and a box cutter and told him to write an apology in blood.
Despite the boy’s habit of sleeping when he should be studying, he can’t be accused of not following orders. As when the teacher returned to the staff room a few minutes after giving his bizarre instructions, the boy had already cut his finger and managed to write the first sentence in blood.
At this point the teacher finally realized that he “went too far”, and told the boy to stop. Writing in blood that is. The rest of the letter it was decided could be finished in plain old pencil.
Later in the day the incident was reported to the principle, who not surprisingly wasn’t all that impressed. Although his statement can’t really be described as a forceful condemnation of the teacher’s actions. Whilst presumably not raising his voice, and definitely not banging his fist on the desk, the principle said, “I want to issue instruction so this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”
I certainly hope it doesn’t, as after seeing disturbing numbers of perpetually sleeping students in Japanese schools, such practices would result in a huge rise in the number of anemia sufferers.