A 3rd year student at Shiba-minami elementary school in Kawaguchi City died on Thursday after falling about 12 meters from a balcony on the school's 4th floor. The 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital but died about 4 hours later, police said.
According to police and school officials, hand prints that appear to be the boy's were found on the 1.2-meter-tall railing on the balcony outside a 4th floor multi-purpose room. The incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m., and although there were a few students who stayed after school in the schoolyard, no one was in the classroom when the boy fell.
An adult accompanying a student who was visiting the school saw the boy fall and called police.
Shigeru Kurosu, 56, principal of the school, said, "It was so sudden and we're all really shocked. The boy's head teacher said nothing was unusual about him before the accident."© News reports