Police have revealed that an 11 year old boy is dead after leaping in front of a train in an apparent suicide. The tragic incident took place on Thursday afternoon in the city of Daito, near the metropolis of Osaka. Officials say it looks as if the unnamed boy killed himself in protest to plans to close his school.
Investigators say that the boy was witnessed jumping from the platform and down on to the tracks by himself. In addition, police found a suicide note in his backpack that was left at the train station. The young child was reportedly very upset over plans to close his elementary school and send the students to two other institutions. This was part of an effort to combat Japan’s low birthrate by consolidating locations.
Local media has reported that the suicide note read as a request to stop the plans of closing and combining schools in exchange for the death of an innocent person. The boy is also said to have sent a text message to his mother that stated “Thank you for everything. I love you all very, very much.” A ceremony was scheduled to be held this Sunday for the school, but that has now been cancelled in light of the suicide. Japan is seen as having one the world’s highest suicide rates for a developed country, with last year marking the first time in 15 years that the number of instances fell below 30,000.[via The Star]