The Yubari Board of Education announced Monday that a 14-year-old boy hanged himself at home on Sunday, and said that bullying may have played a part in the death. Officials are currently interviewing fellow students to get more details.
Yuukichi Fujimoto, principal of the school, said at a press conference on Monday evening that the boy's body was found by his mother at around 11 p.m., hanging from a rope that was tied to the guard rail on the top of a bunk bed. A handwritten letter was found in the room saying "I often thought people laughed at me to show that they hated me."
The boy was reportedly a cheerful student who was active in both his studies and after school activities.
Fujimoto said of the tragedy, "This is really heartbreaking for all of us, and we're putting our utmost effort into understanding the details behind it."© News reports