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October 14, 2003

Racist Teacher Sued

Last Friday's Daily Yomiuri reported on how the parents of a 9-year-old boy have filed a &#yen;13.2-million suit against a primary school teacher and the city of Fukuoka for mental and physical abuse. The boy's lawyer considered the case so serious that he called on colleagues nationwide to join him, forming a legal counsel of 503 lawyers. According to the complaint, the teacher, who knew that the boy's great-grandfather was an American, demanded during a visit to the boy's home in May that he kill himself, saying: "There's no reason for dirty people to go on living. Go jump off the roof of your apartment building." During class, the teacher verbally and physically abused the boy, saying things such as: "Americans are stupid. You should go away." The boy has suffered various injuries, including a bloody nose, cuts and broken teeth. He has been suffering from stomach pains and nausea caused by post-traumatic stress disorder, and can no longer attend school.
Daily Yomiuri article

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