Numerous incidents of child abuse revealed at private kindergarten in Japan
Shizuoka, Japan, December 2, 2022, 01:34 — REGNUM Employees of a private kindergarten located in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan have repeatedly physically and verbally abused young children, the Kyodo Tsushin news agency reported on December 1.
Susono city authorities said they are considering filing a criminal case after confirming 15 cases of abuse involving three teachers at Sakura Hoikuen Kindergarten.
“We think it’s an abuse” Mayor Susono said at a press conference Harukaze Murata.
It was also found that the kindergarten forced all of its employees to sign a non-disclosure obligation about what happened within the walls of the educational institution.
Three teachers in their 30s and 40s were among the six employees in charge of the kindergarten class of one-year-olds.
The abusive behavior, which took place between June and August, also included forcibly removing children’s pants and threateningly brandishing a utility knife.
The caregivers admitted that they had committed such acts, but said they were trying to discipline the children. They were reprimanded, and they left the kindergarten, and the kindergarten director’s salary was reduced.
The authorities became aware of what was happening in the kindergarten in mid-August, but they remained silent for more than three months, although the director of the kindergarten was immediately interviewed.