A 16-year-old high school student hanged himself in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, after being questioned by teachers over insulting messages that he had reportedly posted online about classmates, city education officials said Thursday.
According to the officials, the student was found by parents hanging in his room at home around 10 p.m. on July 20 after he was interviewed by teachers the same day about the messages. He was taken to hospital but died on Aug 4.
At a press conference Thursday, the school principal said that some students had reported the insults to the school. Teachers initially interviewed four students, including the dead boy. After the interview, one teacher contacted the boy's mother by phone and told her that he would be suspended for 7 to 10 days.
Meanwhile, the Hokkaido Shimbum Press reported that the student left a note in which he said: “A teacher said to me, 'You should die' and 'You're an idiot.' 'The suspension is too much for me.'”
The school principal was quoted by the paper as saying, “According to the teachers who interviewed the student, they didn't say anything like 'die' or 'idiot.' They said nothing inappropriate to him. I suppose the student wanted to say something in a farewell note, but you can't be sure if the note is about us.”© Japan Today