Two 13-year-old girls jumped to their deaths from a six-story car park in Fujieda City on Sunday afternoon, in what is believed to be a suicide brought on by bullying, school officials said on Monday.
The girls fell from the car park roof, about 16 meters high, at around 3.30 pm, with an eye-witness saying they were holding each other as they fell. They were rushed to hospital but were pronounced dead shortly after. The girls’ sports bags were found near the one-meter-high fence on the roof, and there was no evidence of any struggle, police said.
A meeting for parents was held at the girls’ junior high school on Monday night, where it was revealed that messages in one of the girl’s cell phones indicated she was being bullied, and a note found in her bedroom said that she was having a hard time. School staff said the girl was moved to a different class in April after learning some students had been saying bad things about her last year. They said the girl told her teacher in June that the new class was better for her. The other girl was absent from school for most of last term after being separated from her friend, and was also reportedly subjected to bullying last year.
The meeting lasted for about an hour and a half, covering the circumstances of the girls’ deaths as well as what counseling services were available. About 80% of parents attended but few asked questions. One mother commented briefly on the incident, expressing her shock and saying that her daughter had played with the two girls.
A ceremony which was to be held Monday to mark the beginning of the new term was canceled. Students were briefed about the incident over the PA system.© News reports