The punishment for the teens involved in the bullying of a 13-year old student that committed suicide in 2011 was announced by the Otsu Family Court on March 18. According to the court, two out of the three teens involved in the bullying incidents have been placed on probation, while the third one was not punished.
The identities of the two, who were 13 and 14 years old at that time, were kept confidential because they were minors. The third teen, who was said to also have been part of the bullying, was not included in the probation. Investigations by the court showed that the three teens made nine acts of delinquency directed at the victim. They tied up the victim’s hands and feet with a headband while at a sports festival in 2011, according to the court’s statement. The three also covered the mouth of the victim and his shins with adhesive tape.
Judge Toru Murayama, who announced the decision said, “Though the acts took over a short period, the physical and psychological pain of the male student, who had suffered intermittently, cannot be deemed light.” However, he said that the court did not see the need to place the teens in a reformatory but rather they needed to be placed on probation so they could “deeply reflect on their actions, and make an effort to adapt to society.” Murayama justified the decision to not include the third teen in the punishment, saying that he was not found to have been intermittently causing violence to the student, unlike the other two, hence, no need to put him on probation.