Source: U-taka | © PIXTA Japanese School Troubled by “Curry Bullying” Incident Bans Curry From School Lunch 2019-10-18 Fri 2019-10-18 Fri The public outcry over the bullying incident at Higashisuma Elementary School in Kobe is intensifying as parents and caretakers express outrage over the school's handling of the matter. As reported on October 4th by the Japan Times, four teachers bullied a colleague by pinning his arms and rubbing curry into his eyes. The teacher went on leave last month. In response, the school removed the four bullying teachers from their teaching positions and are considering disciplinary action. However, the school's briefing on October 16th left many parents and caretakers angry and perplexed. As the Mainichi Shimbun reports, it was revealed that the incident had also traumatized students, resulting in four of them missing school for several days, two of whom are still unable to attend. TV Asahi obtained recordings from the 3-hour-long closed-door meeting which revealed that the Kobe Municipal Board of Education read prepared apologies by the four bullying teachers, prompting parents to complain that the teachers were not present to deliver the apologies themselves. The school also explained it would renovate the home economics classroom where the incident took place. One parent asked if the bullying teachers were on paid leave, to which a board member replied that the four were "recuperating" while they investigated what action to take. School "fires" curry, keeps teachers (for now) One more measure the school implemented was removing curry from the students' lunches indefinitely. This caused a minor uproar on Japanese social media, with many questioning the logic and the wisdom of such as reaction. For example, Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura tweeted: クビにすべきは、カレーじゃなくて、加害教員でしょ。〉「給食のカレーやめます」教員いじめで保護者説明会 https://t.co/M330IbqxzS— 吉村洋文（大阪府知事） (@hiroyoshimura) October 17, 2019 It's not curry which should be fired, it's the bullying teachers. A similar opinion was voiced by Twitter user @kanzusan27: 神戸市須磨小学校の教員イジメで、『対策』が、①給食にカレーを中止する②家庭科室の改装をする だそうだ。あいた口がふさがらない。究極のバカとしかいいようがない。対策は「犯人の即時懲戒解雇」しか考えないのが常識じゃないか！！— 勘ずさん (@kanzusan27) October 18, 2019 About the teacher bullying at Kobe's Higashisuma E.S., their measures were 1. Removing curry from lunches 2. Renovate the home economics classroom. I'm dumb-founded by this. All I can say is they're absolute idiots. If you had any common sense, "immediate disciplinary discharge of the criminals" would be the measure you'd think of!! On the other hand, Twitter user @imamuraenpire revealed that some parents approved the decision. 妹「しばらく娘の学校でも給食でカレーは止めてほしいわ」僕「なんで？」妹「絶対悪ガキ共がマネするだろ。第一教師も止められねーだろ。神戸は先生もやっていましたけど何で僕達はやっちゃダメなんですか～なんて言われたら説明できんだろ」子供がいる大人の視点だとこうなのだな、と思いました。— 今村駿一 (@imamuraenpire) October 18, 2019 My younger sister: "I hope they remove curry from school lunches for a while." Me: "Why?" Younger sister: "Because the bad kids in class will imitate. To begin with, the teachers can't even stop (bullying), right? If a kid ever says: 'The teachers did it so why can't we do it?', Kobe (City) would be unable to answer." I thought to myself: this is the point of view you take when you have kids. Indian restaurant springs to curry's defense Meanwhile, in a Tweet which has already garnered over 160,000 likes (at the time of writing), an Indian restaurant called Indian Kitchen Dhaba（印度屋キッチン ダバ 下香貫店）in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, has become the hero of the moment on Japanese social media for pointing out the obvious: 給食のカレーに罪はありません pic.twitter.com/833Rga9fFm— 印度屋キッチン ダバ 下香貫店 (@dhabashimoka) October 17, 2019 School lunch curry is innocent It seems there's even a hashtag now making the rounds called #カレーに罪はない (curry is innocent), where Twitter users are posting pictures of tasty curry dishes and expressing their anger at the school's decision. By - Ben K. Tags: Bullying / Curry / Japanese school / Kobe grape Japan Japanese School Troubled by “Curry Bullying” Incident Bans Curry From School Lunch Related Article The awesome responsibility of being a Japanese school group leader [manga] Cat In Japan Expresses Extreme Dislike For Owner’s Curry, Breaks Their Heart Apparently This is Food. And Apparently It’s Curry – Will You Try A Bite? Drunk Japanese Salaryman Attempts to Ride Home by Clinging to Doors of Last Train Soar like an eagle at this adventure park in central Japan This Look At School Lunch In Japan Shows Us It’s About Learning As Well As Eating!