Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why newly hired teacher had to kill herself? Report of Yuriko Kimura’s case

The tenth trial of the late Yuriko Kimura’s case seeking compensation from the Local Government Employees’ Accident Compensation Fund was held at the Shizuoka Local Court (Civil Affairs Second Department, Presiding Judge Tsutomu Yamaguchi) on June 24. More than 30 supporters attended the trial as observers. Kimura was newly hired as a teacher at an elementary school in Iwata City, Shizuoka Prefecture in April 2004 and committed suicide in September the same year. Causes for her suicide were difficulties in managing her class, lack of support from the management to new teachers and power-harassment which aggravated the dire situation. Kimura left a diary illustrating the situation minutely. (By Masanori Yumoto)
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Photo: Kimura’s parent at the reporting meeting

新規採用されたばかりで自殺した静岡県磐田市立小学校教員、故木村百合子さん(享年24歳)の公務災害の認定を求める第10回公判が、6月24日、静岡地裁(民事第2部・山口勉裁判長)で開かれ、傍聴席が埋まる30人以上の支援者が集まった。木村百合子さんは、2004年新人の年の9月に自らの命を絶った。その背景には、クラス運営の難しい状況、新人教師に対する管理職の支援の無さと過酷な状況を後押しするかのようなパワハラがあった。その時の様子を木村さんは自らの日記に克明に書き残している。(湯本雅典) ・動画(UnionTube) *写真=木村百合子さんの両親(報告集会)

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