School sued over 'hair bullying'

A high school student is suing Osaka Prefecture for mental anguish over repeated insistence that she dye her naturally brown hair black in order to conform with her school's dress code. In junior high, she was forced to continuously dye her hair black. So, when it came time to enter high school, the plaintiff's mother tried to make arrangements with her new school. Some Tokyo schools are said to have a similar system wherein students can get a Natural Hair Colour Certificate to confirm that they aren't dying. However, after classes began at the new school, the plaintiff began getting warnings from teachers who were enforcing the school's no-dye/no-bleach policy. In the past, the repeated dye jobs the plaintiff's hair had become brittle and a rash developed on her scalp. She was also prohibited from taking part in school festivals and field trips until she conformed and dyed her hair. During one "warning" a teacher asked, "Is it because you have a single mother, that you always change your hair colour to brown?" Finally the warnings became an ultimatum: She had to dye her hair or leave. She is suing the Osaka Prefectural government for ¥2.2 million ($28,000) in damages for what her lawyers say amounts to systematic and institutionalised "bullying".

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What is the most everyday object you've seen someone hilariously fail trying to use?

1. One guy at a breakfast buffet got to the bacon tray. He took a pair of tongs and held them backwards - with the end you're supposed to grab bacon with in his hand. He pinched it closed so only a slit was left in between the two rods and was trying to slide the bacon in between.


2. Saw someone trying to staple some pages together without a stapler. Just going at it with a single staple in hand.

3. Back in the 90s when I tried to show my mother how to use my home PC. She picked up the mouse and pointed it at the screen like a remote control. (Source: AskReddit)

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