By KYODO NEWS
Three female teachers who used to work at a nursery school in the central Japan city of Susono near Mt. Fuji were arrested Sunday on suspicion of repeatedly abusing toddlers in their care.
The teachers were held hours after police searched the private school following the city’s disclosure Wednesday that they were involved in 15 cases of abuse between June and August, such as holding toddlers upside down by their feet and slapping their faces.
The three, who left the nursery recently, admitted the abusive behavior, also including forcibly removing their pants and brandishing a cutter knife in a threating manner, but said they were trying to discipline the children, according to the city in Shizuoka Prefecture…