A suit against the city of Osaka was filed on Wednesday by the family of a 17-year old suicide victim. Seeking a 160-million yen payment in damages, the family said that the former student and basketball team captain from the Sakuranomiya Senior High School killed himself when he could no longer take the repeated bullying and physical abuse by his teacher and basketball coach, 47-year old Hajime Komura.
The complaint filed at the Tokyo District Court said, “the violence by the former coach pushed the student to his limit, and the school principal and the vice principal did not take necessary measures against it.” According to the family, the coach hit the student a dozen times for mistakes made during training which finally pushed him to take his own life last December 23.
While Komura has already been found guilty by the Osaka District Court and has since been dismissed from school with a penalty of three years suspension and a one-year prison sentence, the family filed the case basing it on a national redress law stating that public organizations such as the state are liable for damages caused by public servants, including public school teachers. The lawsuit is now under the Tokyo District Court as the family has already moved to the Kanto region since the incident.
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