Three high school boys are to be charged with slandering a classmate who committed suicide as a result of bullying in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture.
The deceased, a 17-year-old high school second grader, committed suicide in September of last year after being bullied by classmates. Fuji TV reported Thursday that other students had come forward to admit they witnessed the bullying. The three boys responsible for the majority of the torment allegedly called the victim a germ and put dead bugs on his chair in the classroom over a four-month period last year, police said.
Police said the victim's mother had filed a charge of slander against the trio, an action that is rarely used for bullying cases in Japan. The boy's mother was quoted by media as saying "All forms of violence, even verbal, are illegal. I want these three boys to know what they did."© Japan Today