Deaf pupils punished with their mouth and hands taped in class

The Aichi Prefecture Education Board announced on February 25 that there was a corporal punishment in December in the elementary department of the Aichi Prefecture Okazaki School for the Deaf.

A male hearing teacher (47) who was an assistant teacher for the second-grade pupils put the adhesive tape on the mouth and the wrist of four pupils. The Board will disposes of him soon.

The teacher punished them because they did not stop whispering in class, and had them cleaned in the classroom with the adhesive tape on their mouth and wrist.

He said that they never stopped whispering in spite of the warning many times. He has been removed from the teaching position.

This punishment came to light as the pupils' parents informed the school on December 17, to which school authorities apologized.

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