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BOY HANGS HIMSELF AFTER TEACHER SLAPS HIM

A Japanese schoolboy hanged himself after a teacher slapped him for asking a question, police said Thursday.

The boy, 11, was found hanging from a tree on a hill near his house in the evening after the teacher twice hit him on the head and face.They said that when the boy asked a question about homework, the teacher slapped him, saying: "I just told you, didn't I?"

The boy then smiled to his fellow students, and the teacher said, "You've got to learn when to take things seriously," and slapped him again.

The teacher and the school's principal visited the boy's parents and apologized after his death.