Young boy kills self over closure of school

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Suicide | Tags: , , , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun

OSAKA–An 11-year-old primary school student in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, apparently killed himself by jumping in front of a train, leaving behind a note that suggests the act was intended to protest the closure of his school.

At about 4:25 p.m. Thursday, the fifth-year student was hit below a platform of Nozaki Station by a seven-car train heading from Doshishamae Station to Takarazuka Station on the JR Katamachi Line.

Witnesses said he apparently jumped from the platform down to the rails and was struck by the train.

The boy left a note about his school, which is scheduled to be shut down and its students integrated into two other primary schools.

The note read, “In exchange for this little life, please stop the shutdown and integration.”

Shijonawate Police Station is investigating the case as a likely suicide.

According to the police station, the driver of the train saw the boy jump and immediately applied the brake, but it was too late.

The boy’s rucksack, which he left on the platform, contained learning materials for a cram school, and the handwritten note was found nearby, the police said.

The primary school the boy attended has seen its student population decrease, and is scheduled to close at the end of this fiscal year.

Students of the school will be transferred to two other primary schools.

The boy’s family members said he recently complained that he did not want to attend the school that was scheduled to accept him and his schoolmates.

Just before the incident, the boy sent an e-mail to his mother’s cell phone that read: “Thank you for all you have done up to now. I love everyone in my family.”
(Feb. 16, 2013)

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