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December 02, 2002

More Classroom Chaos

The Mainichi Daily News this weekend reported two separate cases of things getting out of hand in the classroom. The first story concerned a 14-year old student in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture who hospitalized a 43-year old teacher with broken ribs. The student walked into the teacher's class and sat on the floor, refusing to leave. When the teacher enlisted the help of two male colleagues, the boy reacted violently. The teacher filed charges after he was discharged from hospital and the boy was arrested last week. The second story involved a Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture teacher who had trouble with a pair of disruptive sixth-grade students. After being told to sit on the floor, the elementary schoolers continued to talk and ignore the teacher. He then gagged and tied them to a chair with adhesive tape. Neither student was hurt. "Perhaps this exceeds the limits of discipline, I think," Noboru Ikeda, a board of education spokesman, said. "We want to learn more about what happened before we decide how to handle it."

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