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Student assaulted while another student captured action on camera

Date Posted: 2011-11-10

An unidentified elementary school in Okinawa is being investigated by the Board of Education following an incident where a student was attacked and beaten by fellow students while yet another classmate recorded the action on her cell phone.

The Board of Education is investigating the incident, as is the elementary school, talking with both children and parents. At least four male students attacked a sixth grade student in the gymnasium during the lunch hour several weeks ago. The girl was not involved in the violence, officials say, but she did capture the entire event with a cell phone.

The victim was not seriously injured, and is again attending school. Authorities say the attackers appeared to have lookouts posted at the entrance to the gymnasium to watch for teachers. Initial leaks stemming from the investigation and people being interviewed indicate the school was advised of the situation immediately, but didn’t take it too seriously. The movie, says a person acquainted with the girl, was seen by an adult and the school and the Board of Education were notified last week.

Police have been brought into the investigation by the victim’s parents. Reports indicate the victim had been bullied repeatedly, daily, and the board is now trying to determine what the school actually knew, and when. “We will give the school side and protectors’ guidance with collected information immediately,” says a spokesman for the Board of Education. “We will promote care of the children and have them cooperate with a certified clinical psychologist.”

School officials have made an initial statement on the case. “We did mentality education,” says an official, “but it was not enough. We will explain to protectors what we are doing with children’s care.”

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