The suicide of a 13 year old boy last July has been ruled as caused by bullying, according to a special committee from the Nagoya Board of Education. The boy left a note detailing how several students had pushed him to kill himself before he jumped to his death from his apartment building’s roof.
Investigations by the committee showed that many students were aware of the bullying of the boy, who was repeatedly called disgusting and egged on to die by his classmates. An anonymous survey conducted revealed the students knowledge of the bullying. The committee also discovered an incident when the boy forgot to submit his assignment, which had a big effect on his grades. He later told his classmates that he would die after failing to pass it.
Some of the boy’s classmates questioned after his death said the teacher knew of the suffering the boy was going through, as his abusers continued to bully him and urge him to commit suicide, however she refused to help him. They even recounted a time, when the teacher was present at the time his classmates were telling him to kill himself. The teacher denied the allegations and told the Board of Education committee that she had no knowledge the boy was being pressured to take his own life. She also denied ignoring his plight.
[via Japan Today]