In the news: High school suspends 9 over repeated bullying

 (May.19)  The Yomiuri Shimbun

OBIHIRO, Hokkaido–Nine students were suspended from school for repeatedly bullying a classmate at a prefectural high school in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido and posting photos of the bullying on a blog, according to sources.

The suspension began in mid-April and was lifted this month.

According to the school, the nine boys bullied the other student on six or seven occasions from August to March, when they were all first-year students. They would take the boy to a vacant classroom or to a lavatory, strip him of his trousers and take photographs with their cell phone cameras. On one occasion they took a cleaning cloth soaked in hot water and wrapped it around the boy’s neck, according to the school.

One of the nine students posted on his blog a photograph he took of the bullying around August. One of the other eight also contributed a photo to the blog. Both photos showed the bullied student’s face, according to the school.

(May. 19, 2009)

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