In a recent announcement, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education disclosed the dismissal of four junior high school teachers over allegations of serious misconduct. The incidents involved inappropriate behavior towards students and disturbing actions.
The first case pertained to a 39-year-old male head teacher from a school in the 23 special wards. Accusations included kissing and touching female students inappropriately while on school premises. The teacher admitted to the actions but claimed no awareness of a romantic relationship with the student, expressing remorse.
In a separate incident, a 33-year-old male head teacher from another school in the 23 special wards faced dismissal for using his smartphone to take voyeuristic photos under the skirts of female students in June and September of the previous year. The teacher voluntarily reported to the police after a student brought the matter to the school nurse's attention. He received a fine from the Tokyo Summary Court for violating the Tokyo Nuisance Prevention Ordinance.
The third case involved a 32-year-old male teacher from a school in the 23 special wards who engaged in sexual relations with a student's parent at a hotel last year.
The board of education chose not to disclose the names and schools of these individuals, citing considerations for the human rights of students.
Additionally, a 35-year-old male teacher from Asuka Junior High School in Kita Ward faced legal consequences for exposing his lower body on a train during his commute in May of this year. He was arrested by the Saitama Prefectural Police on charges of public indecency and received a non-prosecution disposition from the Saitama District Public Prosecutor's Office.
This year, 14 cases of disciplinary dismissal of teaching staff have occurred, with five related to sexual violence against children. The board expressed regret and emphasized ongoing efforts to prevent recurrence.