3 school bullies sent to child consultation center following suicide of victim

Posted on June 11, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Bullying | Tags: , , , , |

JUN. 11, 2013 -KANAGAWA —

Police in Kanagawa Prefecture said Tuesday that three junior high school students have been sent to a child consultation center following the suicide of a boy they bullied.

According to police, the second-grade students confessed to holding down and hitting the boy, also a second-grader, at a school in Yugawara in late February this year. TBS reported that the victim later took his own life at his home in April.

It is believed that his suicide was connected to the bullying he had suffered at school. In a questionnaire handed to students, several said they had seen the boy being bullied at least 40 times.

During questioning, the boys told investigators that they had bullied the deceased boy for fun, TBS reported.

At a press conference on Monday, the board of education responsible for the school apologized for failing to identify and deal with the bullying. A spokesman said that teachers at the school had not been aware the boy was being bullied.

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Bullied junior high school boy commits suicide in Sappo

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

NATIONAL SEP. 06, 2012 -SAPPORO —

A junior high school boy from Sapporo committed suicide on Wednesday by jumping from the roof of his apartment block, police said Thursday.

According to police, the 12-year-old boy was found on the ground outside of the apartment block in which he lived at about 7:30 a.m., NTV reported. He was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Police said a note was found in the boy’s room, indicating that he was being bullied at school and had decided to kill himself. The boy’s school reported that he had been an active member of his school club and had not been absent from school.

The Sapporo Board of Education has announced that it plans to hold a meeting to discuss ways of dealing with bullying in the future.

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