The body of a second-year high school girl was discovered in the sea off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on July 8, in what police believe may have been a suicide caused by bullying.
TBS reported Thursday that the girl was last seen at school on July 4 but by lunchtime, she was nowhere to be found.
School officials said Wednesday that the girl's parents had told them their daughter left a note in which she said she had been bullied at school for several months. However, teachers said they had not been aware of any bullying.
The board of education said a third party has been called in to conduct a full-scale investigation of the school's bullying situation and how it may have contributed to the young girl's suicide.© Japan Today