Four middle schoolers in Nara have been arrested after they forced two boys in their class to strip naked, photographed them in the nude, and then sent the pictures out to other students.
The incident took place over the summer. When parents found out about it (by seeing the pictures) and went to the school board looking for answers, they were told by a board of education official: “We cannot confirm whether or not this was bullying.”
He’s right, of course. It’s been decades but I’ll never forget all those childhood games of “forcibly strip and humiliate my peers” I used to play when I was their age. What fun we all had!
Thankfully the police responded despite the school’s inaction. It would seem that the increased public pressure on schools to keep an eye out for bullying (which, lest anyone forget, is to prevent children from killing themselves) hasn’t yet cracked the shell of some bureaucrats who’d rather keep everything quiet than acknowledge their students’ behavior is less than exemplary.