Police believe a girl in the second year of junior high school who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Fujisaki, Aomori Prefecture, may have been bullied at school.
According to police and school authorities, the incident occurred just after 10 a.m. on Aug 25 at Kita-tokiwa Station on the JR Ou Main Line in Fujisaki. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the girl jump off the platform in front of an approaching train, Fuji TV reported.
According to school representatives, the girl attended the opening ceremony for the beginning of the new academic term on the day before and had sat in all her classes for the rest of the day.
Classmates, however, were quoted by police as saying that the girl had been bullied since her first year at the junior high school and was kept away from other groups in her class.
The girl was scheduled to take part in a dance competition in Tokyo at the end of August, a friend who had exchanged messages with her days before her death, told the media.
School representatives were quoted by police as saying that at this stage they cannot make a statement on whether the girl had been bullied or not, but they are conducting an internal investigation.
Police are also questioning the girl’s family over any recently reported problems that may have led her to ending her life.© Japan Today