A survey conducted by a school in Yamagata Prefecture showed that more than a hundred students knew that the 12-year-old girl who killed herself at the train tracks last January 7 was actually being bullied. It is suspected that these bullying incidents led her to take her own life when her father discovered a note which hinted at the troubles she was experiencing in school.
The school in Tendo sent out a questionnaire to the students to ask if they witnessed the girl being bullied. Out of the 532 respondents, more than a hundred said they were aware that she was having problems with some classmates, while 13 said they saw firsthand that she was being bullied. The teachers who were questioned by the local board of education said they did not have any knowledge of those instances or that she was having any problems.
The board acted on the request of the father to investigate whether or not she was bullied after he found a note written by his daughter before she jumped in front of the Tsubasa No. 128 bullet train on the morning of January 7. While the note, whose contents have not been made public yet, was not an actual suicide note, it sheds light on why the young girl suddenly killed herself. The past few months have brought attention to the problem of bullying in Japan as it has been attributed to several suicide cases. In 2012 alone, the number of reported bullying cases rose to 198,108, which is 2.18 times more than the previous year’s record.
[via Japan Today]