Seven teenagers between the ages of 17 to 18 will be charged with illegal acts of violence which allegedly led to the suicide of their classmate last November 2013 in Fukuoka Prefecture. The 18-year-old boy who killed himself left notes behind, which led to the investigation into the bullying incidents.
A prefectural police representative said that while they did not find a clear, causal relationship between the bullying and the suicide, the actions of the young people were consistent with the definition in the bullying prevention law. The investigation found that on five separate occasions from October 1 to November 6, they assaulted the victim at his school. They would hit and kick him, and in one incident, they even pressed a burning-hot ladle against the boy’s mouth in the cooking room at the school.
On November 14, 2013, the third-year high school student jumped off an apartment building in Kasuga. What was also damning is that he wrote down on his portable terminal device the names of the students who were bullying him and said “I will never forgive you.” His parents officially filed for an investigation into their son’s death in February of this year.
In data released by the National Police Agency, there was a 57% increase in schoolyard bullying incidents in 2013, with 410 cases filed. They attributed the higher statistics due to the new definition of bullying made into law last year, which defines it as a any act that causes pain to victims even with just one instance instead of the previous description that it should be repeated acts that cause pain to an individual.
[ via Mainichi ]