The father of a 13-year-old boy who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, has filed a criminal complaint with police after it was learned that the boy wrote in a journal that he had been the victim of bullying at school.
Ryo Muramatsu jumped onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train at JR Yahaba Station at around 7:30 p.m. on July 5.
An NPO representing victims of bullying filed the criminal complaint against the junior high school on behalf of Muramatsu's father, Fuji TV reported Sunday.
After the suicide, Muramatsu's homeroom teacher revealed that he had written in a journal that he was repeatedly being bullied. The boy wrote that he had been kicked and choked. He also wrote: "I've decided upon the place I will die."
However, the woman teacher apparently told no one else at the school and has been on sick leave since the suicide.
The boy's father, interviewed by Japanese media, said: "I knew that my son had been subjected to bullying at school, but I didn't know it was so bad that it would lead to something like this." He added that he didn't fully understand the severity of everything that occurred in his son's classroom.
He is filing a criminal complaint against the school for not informing him about the contents of his son's journal and for taking no action to stop the bullying.
It has also been revealed that Muramatsu indicated that he was being bullied for at least a year, in a school survey on the issue in late June. Other students subsequently interviewed by board of education officials said they had seen Muramatsu being bullied on numerous occasions.
On July 7, the school held a meeting of teachers and parents, attended by about 360 people. The school principal spoke briefly about the deceased boy, but no mention was made of whether or not bullying had been a factor in the suicide.© Japan Today