When injustice is done, you never know how public ire is demonstrated. Take for instance the case of bullying of a school boy in Otsu, Shiga prefecture, which led to him committing suicide. Indifference displayed by the Municipal Board officials and school teachers and principle, despite knowing that bullying was the cause of his death, caused a huge public outcry and even bomb threats. Reacting to their apathy in a very unconventional way, a rather disgruntled 19-year-old male college student hammered Kenji Sawamura, the superintendent of the Otsu Municipal Board of Education.
Apparently the youth was so disturbed by the high-handed attitude of the Otsu Municipal Board of Education, that he barged into the office of the superintendent of the board and hit his face with a hammer. The unidentified youth hit the official with a 30-centimeter-long hammer before being subdued by the others present in the office. Sawamura is in the hospital, recuperating with facial bruises and will be discharged in three weeks.
What is disturbing is the unremorseful attitude of the youth. Only if he would have channelized his anger in a productive way! Apparently in his statement to the police he said that Mr. Sawamura hid the truth about the bullying problem so he intended to kill him. It is chilling to know that this is how youngsters are channeling their ire, a clear warning sign that issues can no longer be swept under the carpet. Authorities need to be accountable for their actions, or inactions as in this bulling case.
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