A classmate of the 15-year-old student who committed suicide last January said that he is disappointed that education authorities refused to rule that school bullying drove the young boy to taking his own life. He himself witnessed how a group of their classmates emotionally bullied Kagetora Matsutake and how he sent out several cries for help through messaging app Line.
Kagetora, a third-grade student at the Narao Junior High School in Shinkamigoto, Nagasaki Prefecture took his own life on January 8 this year but the board of education told his parents that while bullying may have played a part in the suicide, their investigation was inconclusive. “Kagetora committed suicide because he had been bullied. Why do school and education board officials not admit that?” said his classmate who was interviewed by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. He said that this group of students constantly berated Kagetora, calling him names, overturning his pencil-case, and even encouraging their other classmates to bully him as well, or else they will be next. This emotional abuse got to Kagetora, and he started despairing over the fact that his classmates didn’t like him.
The classmate heard from another friend that their bullied classmate was exchanging messages with him around December last year, asking about suicide methods. When he found out about this, he emailed him, offering to help. But he replied saying there was “nothing to worry about.” A month later, after posting several Line messages, the last one being “Good-bye,” Kagetora ended his own life. His classmate insists that the bullying was obviously what led him to kill himself because it did nothing but push him into a corner, mentally-speaking.
[ via Mainichi ]