Something fishy about boys’ attempt to skip swimming lessons

07/16/2011
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FUKUOKA (majirox news) — A group of six junior high school pupils who dumped dead fish into their school pool because they didn’t want to take swimming class have been reported to prosecutors, police said.

Documents alleging a charge of forcible obstruction of business against the six boys, all third-year pupils at a municipally operated junior high school in Kurate, Fukuoka prefecture, about 900 kilometers (550 miles) west of Tokyo, were sent to the Iizuka Branch of the Fukuoka District Public Prosecutors Office on July 15.

Police said the boys have all admitted to the allegations.

“Swimming class is no fun,” an officer quoted one as saying, adding that another had said: “I hate having to wear the swimsuit the school makes us wear.”

Police said that on the night of July 3 and again on the morning of July 5, the boys dumped about 70 dead fish into their school’s outdoor swimming pool so nobody could swim in it and they would not have to take swimming lessons.

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3 Responses to Something fishy about boys’ attempt to skip swimming lessons

  1. Casper on 07/18/2011 at 10:37 am

    Curious where the boys got the 70+ dead fish? If they killed them themselves, then that may be the beginning to a more serious problem in the future.

    To fine them will not mean anything to them, because their parents will just pay it and they will not have learned any lesson.

    Now, having them clean out the pool with the dead fish in it, while their peers watched on. Now that is a lesson learned!

  2. Miki on 07/18/2011 at 3:40 pm

    During summer, especially junior high school, kids love to swim.
    Perhaps the school has too much of a disciplinary attitude like so many schools, they should consider making it more fun in summer.
    The fish might have been alive when they poured them into the pool, but fish cannot survive in the chlorine water for too long.

    • Casper on 07/19/2011 at 2:33 pm

      Alive or dead when they dumped the fish in the water, they would have known that the fish would die due to the chlorine (which actually makes it worse!). Why not just throw a turd in the pool, it would have the same effect.

      Everyone would love to have fun in the summer swimming. But, when you are taking swimming lessons it is a serious matter. You will either sink or swim.

      Like everything in life, sometimes you have to do things that you do not want to do – it is the attitude you take, that will get you through it. For instance, rather than thinking, “I hate swimming class” – you can think, “although I dislike swimming class, once I learn how to swim, I can really have some fun!”

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