Tokai Daigaku Yamagata High School informed the media earlier today that the manager of their baseball team slapped a second-year student in the face a number of times with his hand during morning practices on the 1st. The student suffered minor injuries, including a cut in his mouth that bled. The manager has since apologized to the student's parents.
The high school is in the process of conducting an investigation into why physical punishment was used. The incident has been reported to prefectural officials.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013
UPDATE 9/8 @ 8:21pm -
The media learned today that the same manager used a similar punishment on a student last year. Yamagata prefecture is checking to see if physical punishment is common at the high school.
Source: Sponichi 9/8/2013
UPDATE 9/10 @ 3:51pm -
The high school informed the media today that the manager was dismissed, as of the 9th. They are still deliberating whether or not to punish him as a teacher.
According to the high school, the former manager struck a second-year student in the face with his hand about five times during morning practices on the 1st. The student suffered a cut inside his mouth. He continues to attend classes as usual and is still participating in practices. The former manager told school officials he did what he did because he wanted to help the student grow.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2013
UPDATE 9/12 @ 8:34pm -
The high school issued the teacher/former manager a six-month suspension and a ten percent cut in pay for one month.
Source: Sponichi 9/12/2013