The media learned on Sunday that second-year students on the Uji Yamada Shogyo High School baseball team hit and bullied a number of first-year teammates. The incidents came to light when a first-year teammate informed a teacher that he wanted to quit the team on the 9th. The school informed the Japan High School Baseball Federation about the incidents on the 10th and has already suspended team activities.
According to high school officials, between late April and early May, four second-year students bullied six first-year teammates. In one case, second-year students forced first-year teammates to make them laugh. When refused, they struck their teammates in the stomach and shoulder.
There were also five cases involving three second-year students demanding money from thirteen first-year teammates. One of the second-year students got about 3,000 yen from a teammate to buy a hat. Another got about 5,000 yen to buy clothes.
The second-year students and their parents apologized to the first-year teammates and their parents on the 10th. School officials also issued apologies.