The classmates who drove a 12-year-old girl to hang herself with the scarf she knitted as a gift for her mother with their bullying attended her funeral and delivered a tearful eulogy, but made no mention of the cause of her death.
120 people attended the funeral of Akiko Uemura, including her entire class of 38 – the very class which drove her to suicide by excluding her and saying her Filipino mother was a “gorilla” and so was she.
The child selected as class representative gave a tearful address – “I’ll never forget the time we spent together since you transferred in.” His address pointedly avoided mentioning the cause of her death – “It’s very sad when someone suddenly passes away. I hope she rests in peace.”
The principal repeated his innocent platitudes: “We put you through an ordeal at school. I swear to Akiko that this will never happen again.”
Her father was exceptionally gracious where the children were concerned, telling her “You were all alone at school, but today everybody came for you.” He was less restrained when addressing the teachers – he angrily told them “Please give me back my daughter!”
Although the media carefully avoids the macabre spectacle of a class of bullies attending the funeral of the girl they drove to suicide, 2ch is less sanguine:
This is chilling.
You lot were the ones who killed her!
They’ll never forget they killed her is what they mean. What kind of black joke is this?
If you had so many happy memories together she wouldn’t have killed herself.
What utter hypocrisy.
Why would you have a class of bullies attend her funeral? Is her father crazy?
He was giving them one last chance to apologise for what they did to her.
He knows the faces of the children who killed his daughter – you know what comes next.
The worst one is the father who married a Fillipino woman!
You’re another elementary schooler?
They called her a gorilla and tormented her to death – they better not forget this. I’ll never forget this school killed a person.
When these kids grow up, when they have their own children, they’ll remember seeing the father here. Keep blaming yourselves!
They wouldn’t even eat dinner with her! Cute kids.
That’s probably just what the teacher had them say.
Having the kids who drove her to suicide attend her funeral and deliver a tearful eulogy – what an astounding farce.