A 13-year-old girl from Fushimi Junior High School in Sapporo committed suicide on Monday by jumping from the balcony of her 6th-floor apartment, police said Tuesday. Police said emergency services received a call at 8:30 a.m. from a girl believed to be a high school student saying, "I'm about to kill myself." She gave her address and hung up.
In a note the second grade girl left in the living room, she intimated that she had been suffering from bullying, police said. The girl's suicide note was written on 12 sheets of A5 paper and sealed in an envelope addressed to "whoever should find this." In it, the girl describes how she feels she was "ignored" in first grade and told she was "gross" by other students. It is believed that the girl wrote some of the names of her alleged harassers in the note.
The girl also expressed her embarrassment and reluctance to give speeches in front of her tormentors, specifically mentioning a forthcoming Japanese language class presentation that was scheduled for Monday.
A spokesman for her high school said, "It appears that bullying may have been at the root of this and we are looking into it."
At a press conference, school Principal Fumio Suzuki described the incident as "truly heartbreaking" and said that it had affected him deeply. "I failed to properly check for signs of bullying," he said.
On Nov 17, the principal responded to a citywide Board of Education questionnaire on bullying, stating that no girls at his school were being bullied. The school also carried out one-on-one life consultation sessions with students on Nov 19, at which no female students alluded to any specific issues regarding bullying.© Compiled from news reports