A 13-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a train in Yahaba, Iwate Prefecture, left a note in which he said he had been the victim of bullying at school.
The boy jumped onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train at JR Yahaba Station at around 7:30 p.m. on July 5, Fuji TV reported.
On Tuesday, a teacher told police that he had been given a notebook by the boy in which he wrote that he had been kicked and choked. He also wrote: "I've decided upon the place I will die."
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.
On Tuesday night, 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.
The school will conduct a poll of students to ask them what they know about bullying incidents at the school.© Japan Today