A middle school in Fukuoka Prefecture in Kurume, Japan, punished a three-day female student with “separate space school” and a reflective essay after discovering that she had plucked her eyebrows.
An inspection was conducted by the public school in April to evaluate students’ compliance with the school’s hairstyle and color rules. However, it was a 14-year-old student given a breach for having plucked the edge of her eyebrows for a groomed look.
The school punished her with “besshitu toko”, a form of discipline in which students are forced to do their schoolwork in a separate classroom. She was also asked to write a reflective essay.
The school’s director of education, Miki Hata, defended the decision, claiming that plucking eyebrows could lead to a distraction from school work.
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“I think the school may be concerned that developing children may be distracted by focusing too much on their eyebrows and hairstyles, and neglecting important aspects of their education and lifestyle,” Miki said. Abema Times.
A councilor in Kurume town, 61-year-old Mutsumi Kaneko, claimed that the rule lacked “logic” and that the punishment was too severe.
“How is it wrong for her to care for her eyebrows?” By not letting her study in the regular classroom, and making her study in a separate room, did they think it would make her eyebrows grow back? This school’s eyebrow rule is beyond the bounds of logic, Mutsumi told the Abema Times.
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A lawyer who is familiar with the school regulations believes the school can deprive students of their freedom.
“I think teachers should not misunderstand that they are doing it for their students, but they should be aware that it has the effect of weakening students and depriving them of their freedom. Do not do that, the lawyer said.
As of April 1, the Tokyo metropolitan government began implements five changes to dress codes at around 200 schools. Some of these changes include removing the long-standing rule that students are not allowed to dye their hair or use a “two-block” hairstyle. Rules that control underwear color and punishment in the form of “house arrest” will also be dropped.
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