More than 100 students at a school in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, said in a questionnaire that they were aware that a 12-year-old girl who was killed after she walked onto the tracks and was hit by a bullet train, was being bullied.
The girl, who killed herself on Jan 7, left a note in which she hinted she had been bullied at school. The local board of education said the girl's father had found the note and asked the school to survey the students at the school on whether they had seen his daughter being bullied. The contents of the note have not been made public.
TBS reported Tuesday that the school sent a questionnaire on bullying to 532 students. Of those, more than 100 said they were aware of the girl's troubles, while 13 said they had actually seen her being bullied.
The board also questioned teachers but none said they were aware that the girl was being bullied.
The incident occurred at around 8 a.m. as the Tsubasa No. 128 was heading for Tokyo. The girl climbed over a fence to get onto the tracks. Police said the girl left home at around 7 a.m. to attend the first day of school after the holidays.© Japan Today