A Japanese middle school punished a female student for three days of “study in her own room” and wrote a review after she was discovered to have plucked her eyebrows.
An inspection conducted by a public junior high school in Fukuoka Prefecture conducted an assessment of students’ compliance with the school’s hair styling and coloring rules. However, a 14-year-old student was fined for plucking and plucking the edges of his eyebrows to apply makeup.
The school punished her with “besshitu toko,” a form of discipline where students are forced to do their schoolwork in a separate classroom. She was also required to write a review for further evaluation.
The school’s director of education, Miki Hata, justified this decision and stated that plucking eyebrows can distract students from their studies.
Miki shared: “I believe the school has reason to be worried that when students are at a growing age, they may become distracted by focusing too much on eyebrows and hairstyles. hair, while neglecting essential aspects of their education and lifestyle. “
A member of Kurume’s city council, Mutsumi Kaneko, 61, argued that the rule lacked “logic” and that the punishment was too harsh.
“Why is it so wrong when the student is simply ‘grooming’ his eyebrows? By keeping her out of her regular class and making her study in a separate room, do they think that would cause her eyebrows to grow back? The dress code and appearance of this school is beyond the bounds of logic,” Mutsumi confided.
On the public side, a lawyer familiar with the school’s regulations believes the school may be ‘taking away’ students’ freedoms.
“I think teachers should not misunderstand that what they are doing to make their students better, and they should be aware that it can also be ‘counterproductive’ to worsen students’ thinking. and deprive them of their liberty. Don’t do that,” the lawyer said.
Starting April 1, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government began making five changes to the dress code in about 200 schools. Some of these changes include the removal of the longstanding rule that students are not allowed to dye their hair or wear a “two braids” hairstyle. Rules that also control the color of underwear and penalties of “house arrest” have also been abolished.
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