The actions of the superintendent of the Otsu Municipal Board of Education can only be called insensitive, selfish and callous. Two days after receiving the second-round of survey, regarding the teenaged boy who committed suicide, Kenji Sawamura went ahead with his travel plans to visit Mosman, an eastern Australian city near Sydney. His travel has sparked severe criticism, especially when the contents of the second-survey were revealed.
Apparently some of the students noted that the bullies performed a mock funeral for the boy. In spite of this revelation, the superintendent flew over to Australia because he took the schools report at ‘face value’, which stated that the school did not detect any problem in the survey results.
The municipal government will ask a soon-to-be-setup third-party panel, to determine ‘why and how’ the board and the school came to such a conclusion. Sawamura headed to the Mosman with his delegation to meet the Australian mayor, regarding the exchange programs with Otsu that the two nations have. So far the municipal government received more than 14,000 telephone calls and e-mails from the public disapproving their sloppy investigation into the suicide of the 13-year-old boy. In hindsight, Sawamura is regretting his trip to the ozzyland, but I guess its too late to do that now.
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