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Child evacuee from Fukushima bullied in Chiba amid radiation fears via Japan Today

CHIBA — A child evacuee from an area near the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture was bullied by other children, who taunted him, saying he could infect others with radiation, an education board in Chiba Prefecture said Thursday. After learning about the incident through an anonymous phone call, the board in the city of Funabashi instructed 83 local elementary and middle schools to tell their students to be kind to the evacuees and be considerate of their feelings.

An anonymous caller said a sibling of a pupil at a Funabashi elementary school, who took refuge from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, was harassed by other children in mid-March at a park in the city, according to the board. The board said it urged the schools to work with their pupils’ parents and other guardians to prevent children from acting impulsively after being influenced by grown-ups’ own anxiety about radiation.

Child evacuee from Fukushima bullied in Chiba amid radiation fears

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