My school is the crazy. Really. I could go into detail but I am not sure you would believe it. Friday I slammed a kid into a wall outside the school while he screamed, "Let go of me! Let go of me!" (Which is, incidentaly, about all Japanese people ever scream in a fight.) An old woman stood and stared at us. The kid was one of four kids on bicycles. They aren't allowed to ride bikes to school. This same kid was part of a group of kids who, two days before, had been told to go home after school and had instead hung out on the grounds getting in the way of club practice, changing out of their uniforms, talking on their keitais, and entering and exiting the grounds by climbing over a wall and sneaking down a culvert. I don't play, I went after them. I caught the same kid in front of the school and told him to cut it out and use the front gate. I told the vice principal and I was supposed to talk to the group the next day at lunch. I was going to talk to them about way it pissed me off. That sometimes strange people jump fences into school yards and kill people, even in Japan. That teachers couldn't always tell who was who. I was going to tell them that when a teacher tells you to do something you do it. Instead of showing up for the talk, they went outside and played soccer. Assholes. I don't know how they get away with it. That same morning I had seen two kids coming to school on their bikes. I said, "Get off." They ignored me, laughing. I had to go to the elementary school so I couldn't do anything.
That brings us to Friday. Nakamura rounded the corner on his bike with 3 other kids as I was walking to school. He was on his keitai and didn't notice me. I crossed the street and 65% strong-saftied him into the wall. He deserved it. I thought about yanking his pink keitai and smashing it on the ground. However, having a keitai outside of school isn't really against the rules. Riding a bike to school is. I told him to get off his bike as his friends ran away. He got off after a bit of yelling. I had planned to drag him to school by his collar, but realized that everyone in the neghborhood was staring as they have no idea who I am, a foreign guy who has just shoulder charged a junior high student off of his bicycle. I let go of Nakamura and he snatched his bag away like he was ready to throw down. "Get the fuck to school!" I yelled. I walked the bike up to an assistant principle and told her what happened. Later that day Nakamura went downstairs and took his bike back. Sometimes I think I am alone in my battle. "You did a great thing." Inoue sensei told me. "Most teachers would have ignored them." Okay, maybe the two of us are alone in this battle.
Sorry to say that one month in I am pretty certain that I am going to hit a kid in school. I don't believe in that, but at this school I do. I really can't get across to you how rotten these children are.