Pakistani student’s parents file complaint against classmates over bullying

by Robert Moorehead

From the Mainichi Shimbun:

The parents of a 13-year-old Pakistani junior high school student in Takamatsu have filed a criminal complaint with police, accusing their son’s classmates of bullying and injuring him.

A male Pakistani student at a public junior high school in a town in Kagawa Prefecture was bullied and seriously injured by his classmates, his parents alleged in a complaint filed on Feb. 18 with prefectural police.

The parents requested on the same day that the town’s board of education investigate the case and take measures to prevent a recurrence as they claim the student has been racially abused by four of his classmates since last spring. However, the education board denies bullying took place at the school.

According to the parents who held a news conference, the student was verbally bullied about the color of his skin by four of his classmates ever since he entered school last April. The parents claim that the students would make racist comments that their son’s skin was “dirty” and that they told him to “go back to his home country.”

The student was also physically bullied repeatedly by his classmates. Last November, one of the four classmates tripped him over when he was running in the hallway, severely injuring his legs and face. Since that incident, the student reportedly has to use crutches to walk.

The student’s 41-year-old father said, “We asked the homeroom teacher and vice principle multiple times to improve the situation but they failed to take any action.”

Original Japanese article:  http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130219k0000m040116000c.html

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2 thoughts on “Pakistani student’s parents file complaint against classmates over bullying

    • This is simply inaccurate. The Japanese are no more racist than people from any other country. If we reflect on own our countries’ histories of racism, we can see that no country is immune. Germany and my country, the US, both have horrible histories of racism. It’s easy to stereotype another people as having this problem, but it’s far more universal than we’d like to admit.

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