The media learned today that Takigawa High School (Hyogo) won't be competing in the Hyogo Regionals after they found a number of upper-class students hitting lower-class students.
According to the Hyogo High School Baseball Federation, before practice on 6/3, four upper-class players struck five lower-class players with their hands as punishment (something to do with practices or their day-to-day attitude). One lower-class player suffered a punctured eardrum. The incident came to light on the 21st when a guardian contacted the school and complained about how a child wasn't able to take swimming lessons.
Takigawa contacted the Federation on the 22nd to inform them of the incident. That was followed up with paperwork explaining their decision to withdraw from the Hyogo Regionals on the night of the 27th. The Federation has since accepted the high school's decision.
Since the incident was uncovered, the high school baseball team has cut back on all practices.
In other news:
The Miyagi High School Baseball Federation decided that they'll give 14 high schools (located in heavily damaged areas like Kesennuma and Ishinomaki) 100,000 yen each to help cover transportation costs.