For those who don’t know, LINE is a free instant-messaging/voice call application used by almost everyone in Japan who has a smartphone. I think it’s also pretty popular in Taiwan too? Anyway yesterday in Japan’s Yamagata-ken a 14-year-old middle-schooler was given a beating by two of his upper-class man after he made a post on LINE days before stating that “Third-graders aren’t scary”. People who witnessed the beating contacted a teacher who rushed to the scene and escorted the victim to a hospital. He was called out by the two third-grade perpetrators who punched him in the face and kicked him. His nose actually broke as a result of the beating. During an investigation by the school the two third-graders said they did what they did because “he was speaking out of his place and we felt like he was making idiots of us(third-graders)”. The prefectures education department is viewing the incident as an “isolated one” rather than “bullying”.