Outrage at Shiga Schoolboy Suicide Scandal

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The case of a schoolboy driven to jump off a building after relentless bullying at the hands of his classmates – apparently with the active participation of his teachers – has outraged Japan,  as much as have the insistent attempts of his teachers and even local police to deny the bullying had anything to do with his death.

The incident occurred in the Shiga prefecture city of Otsu, where a 2nd year middle school boy jumped from his family’s apartment to his death after suffering intolerable bullying at the hands of his classmates and even apparently his teachers.

Both the nature of the abuse he suffered and the unwillingness of teachers to help have scandalised Japan – though not, it seems, any of the officials at the school or local authorities, all of whom have resolutely stonewalled any effort to connect his bullying to his death.

The school distributed a questionnaire about the bullying (the results of which it attempted to keep secret), and 14 students reported that teachers either overlooked it or actually participated – “the teacher warned us once but after that we laughed at him together.”

He was reportedly repeatedly beaten by multiple assailants in the school toilets, forced to eat dead wasps, and one occasion had a dead sparrow shoved in his mouth.

Other reports from the students suggested he was “repeatedly made to practice committing suicide,” was made to strip and then photographed, had his money and bank account details stolen, was made to shoplift, was repeatedly bound with tape and beaten, and of course was mercilessly mocked at every turn.

Even after his death, his classmates continued to deface and scrawl graffiti on a photograph of him displayed in their classroom.

Some students insisted the abuse was “just playing” and that he was just responding badly to them “messing around.”

He approached teachers about the abuse, but they apparently did nothing, and nothing came of approaches made by his parents to the school either.

One teacher who witnessed the bullying did feel it necessary to laughingly tell them “not to overdo it.”

His father also approached police and attempted to file a victim report and press charges of assault against the bullies, but police refused to accept that any crime had taken place and have further refused to comment as to why.

Since police refused to pursue charges, the boy’s family have been reduced to launching a ¥77,000,000 lawsuit against the school.

Students later reported being told by teachers “just ignore anyone who asks you questions about this,” “just don’t talk about any of this to anyone – keep your mouths shut” and “don’t say anything funny.”

The local school board actually admitted telling students not to talk about the incident, saying “there is no problem with telling pupils not to say anything unreliable.”

They also made a public statement saying “the bullies have human rights too, we have to think of their education.”

16 students reported knowing about the suicide practice in the questionnaire, but the school says it “cannot confirm it is true.”

The parents of some of the alleged bullies have also denied anything was amiss – one mother told the media “the reports were all from kids who had nothing to do with it, they are just saying what they heard.”

The lawyer of the boy’s parents has stated “it is unthinkable that 15 students would all write about exactly the same thing if it had no truth to it.”

His bereaved father said “they are throwing away the voices of the kids who so earnestly reported what they witnessed.”

In response to the lawsuit, the school submitted a defence to the court demanding the parents “tell us exactly who witnessed this bullying and where” and “explain just what the steps were which could have avoided his suicide?”

They deny there was any connection with the bullying and his suicide.

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The town’s mayor has given a tearful press conference appearance in which she expressed her regrets, but it took the intervention of the prefectural governor for the school to begin a series of emergency countermeasures to prevent any more of its pupils being bullied into suicide.

Aside from the official theatrics, 2ch’s legion of Internet vigilantes have taken it upon themselves to uncover the perpetrators, having apparently already uncovered the identity of one of the bully’s parents and started a campaign of stalking and harassment against them.

The unbelievably egregious nature of virtually every aspect of the case has generated scores of media reports and prompted tens of thousands of outraged posts online:

“These people are rotten to their filthy cores.”

“Brutes.”

“Now they are just rubbing salt in the wound.”

“Arrest the lot of them!”

“Shiga…”

“They sound like schoolkids, asking who saw what and where like that…”

“Making individuals investigate a murder like this themselves – disgusting.”

“Amazing they even found a lawyer willing to defend them in a case like this.”

“Japan has no right to make fun of China.”

“So the parents have to do everything the school and police should have been doing?”

“All the adults involved in this are complete scum, aren’t they? Not one involved did anything to help save his life.”

“Why is their mayor crying at press conferences if she lets them get away with all this?”

“She’s crying  over the damage to her resume…”

“These civil servants are out of control.”

“What is wrong with the authorities of this city? I just want to cry, why are they doing this?”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2ch is on the case. Looks like the bullies have to either come out clean or be prepared for a nightmare.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not exactly 2ch, but at a time, someone did find a GREE account of one of the fuckers.

    The account is now deleted, but just before that, he had shown absolutely no sign of remorse in his chatlog when confronted on it. He even reveled in the fact.

    This piece of development is all over Japanese blogosphere right now if you wanna see. You wanna tell me that it's just the kids 'playing' now?

    In any case, anyone close who caught that account would already know his name. If karma works, he'll get it in the ass soon enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Nevermind. They found him already.

    http://p.twimg.com/AxJLbEyCQAAzdxI.jpg

    Tsukamaru Kimura, son of PTA chief Shinsoku Kimura, a.k.a. ringleader.

    ...And still no one gave a significant shit.

    Well, the world isn't exactly fair.

    Comment by Black Mage
    03:08 09/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He even looks like someone who needs a good and through ass kicking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 10/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @00:21, go fuck yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Little wonder that the school didn't want anything to do with the case, considering it involved their local PTA.

    Which if what I'm reading is correct, has far more clout than its US counterpart. And considered on par with a high level governmental official on a social level.

    Doesn't explain the lack of interest by the cops, then again if the family is involved with politics/government, than that would cover that angle as well.

    Or in short, if you'll forgive the paraphrase, "Something is rotten in the state of Japan".

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    INORITE?? Only beta faggots could possibly conceive the idea that force-feeding a kid dead wasps might not actually be a good thing. IT BIUDLS CHARACTURR

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't have to be asian to be bullied, you half-witted piece of sheep scrotum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That kid looks like a fucking mini douchebag. He even looks like he needs an ass kicking. In american schools have you noticed the bulling incidents have decreased since all the incidents of school shootings. Seriously you don't fuck with someone like that anymore. Japan needs something like that. The trash in the school would be gone in a few years.

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    Comment by Chris
    15:05 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anonymous
    The outrage is from people with "empathy". As in the thing these bullies (and apparently yourself from your comment) lack.

    I've never been bullied in my life, but when I'm told someone was forced to eat dead insects, "practice" suicide, was beaten, and basically tortured, all while the "responsible" adults that were around refused to help, and even participated - I am outraged.
    Because I'm not a social psychotic who can't put himself in someone else's shoes, and imagine what they went through.

    Comment by Anonymous

    LOL looks like any other typical japanese kid with no discipline and spoiled rotten to the core.

    On another note...so are many here who are expressing 'outrage'. What, is this site full of asian teen-somethings that gets bullied all the time in school? I can positively hear the tears and personal experience-induced rage coming out of these kids on here through the comments section.

    lol beta shits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 08/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    2ch will get bored soon, and in a few days we'll forget about this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 08/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, 2ch isn't as self-righteous as 4chan.

    Though... I say this with great reluctance, but I took pleasure in knowing that some of Anon's past targets deserved the harrassment.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nightmare. Because 2ch is a bunch of people who have the guts and outright sense of justice to actually approach people in public.

    Heh. Ha ha. WOOOOOOO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch, like all japs, lack the balls to do anything remotely resembling proactive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed.
    ...
    ... Ever since ever. And the last time they had ones who did?

    -- Middle ages.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    *Child being brutally bullied to the point of suicide*
    Police officers: Nothing to see here folks.

    *Man walks in the general area of a group of school girls*
    Police Officers: CATCH THAT PEDOPHILE SCUM BAG!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    *Undress a child, beat him and take pictures of him.*
    Police officers : Nothing to see here folks.

    *Takes pictures of your daughter on a playground.*
    Polices officers : CATCH THAT PEDOPHILE SCUM BAG !

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical behavior of a culture whose homeostasis is ass backwards. Introduce a little change and the police confuse their priorities. Introduce an unacceptably huge amount of change and every gets collective amnesia because denial is the easiest mental defense mechanism in the brain.

    Perhaps democracy was the worst thing that could ever happen to such a society.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan has been brutally raped by the modern era. They just weren't ready for industrialization, getting an atomic bomb dropped on them, and the death of the old virtues. They are very desperate to be concerned with pedophiles because it helps them to believe that they themselves are not attracted to young women (and every last damn jap is), so they outwardly attack it at all turns to convince themselves of it, and then something like bullying will never be solved because of groupthink and a lack of verbal honesty and EXTREME politeness and unwillingness to confront anyone or say anything ever...the way to solve this being only to change the core values that have come to develop the entire nation, something of which cannot happen voluntarily, thus requiring an increased amount of catastrophic events...or perhaps escapism becomes so prevalent as to nearly destroy the birth rate completely....the world needs to burn, sorry i am a disturbed person.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    19:23 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...Spon, is that you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    - 1 Jap student jumps
    - Say nonsensical bullshit opinion
    - World needs to burn

    You take being retarded to a whole new level.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. He oughta just off himself - that way he doesn't need to live to see the world burn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 08/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You know with all the abuse he received, I'm quite surprised he didn't take those fuckers out with him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 08/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    With japans gun control laws I don't think that was an option

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Who needs guns?! All you need is a sharp blade, or abikers west with knuckles, spiked elbow and kneeprotectors, a helm for defense a mask that protects the eyes and face, and ofcourse steel toed boots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't forget tons of luck hoping that people confuse you for a weird cosplayer instead of calling the cops.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Now Nishi is in Gantz room.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bombs or vehicular slaughter are not sufficiently-precise to target just the bullies; many innocents will be hurt if a bullied person retaliates with these.

    On the other hand, bladed weapons and martial arts don't work well against groups, if the group members have any brains ("let's dog-pile him!", or, "let's all run away!").

    There seems to be something about Japanese culture which encourages people (in this case, bullies) to fall into "groupthink mode", and so these incidents continue to happen.

    FTR, I was bullied at that age, but it was only by a few individuals, not an entire group, so I was able to cope. If it had been by an entire group, I'm not sure what would have happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he take a bat, blade or some other simple weapon. It will most probably taken from him and used on him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    with the correct amount of planning, you could easily get into school at night and rig some explosives, you would mostly want fire bombs though, as straight explosives, at least if they are home made, wouldn't do to much damage.

    with the abuse he suffered, i would be all for him getting some much deserved revenge, on everyone, the ones who did it, and the ones who passively didn't give a fuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 11/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Firebomb their houses or throw a pair of molotovs at the bastards when they're close together. Worked for resistance fighters in Europe when ambushing groups of Germans. Should work against a bunch of punk-ass bullies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    people doing nothing, while they see that happening, arent exactly innocent.

    Comment by Black Mage
    02:54 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or just plant a few bombs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 08/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Implying guns are the only way to kill people.

    Fucking liberals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 09/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "Gun control laws" is merely a figurative expression, they have laws against all weapons, including pens as it turns out.

    And liberals have nothing to do with gun control. I don't know what you think that word means, but you're wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All weapons? Huh? In Jigoku shoujo they show a kid buying a knife and killing his victim.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @03:34
    Kitchen knives are less effective weapons than you would imagine. They break easily and are difficult to deliver critical wounds with. You are far better off visiting the hardware store and getting some woodcutting equipment. Heck, going to the sex shop is going to net you some more effective weapons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think Japan has a "right to bear arms" clause in their bill of rights.

    Comment by Anonymous

    FUCKING ASSHOLES LIKE YOU~!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    One doesn't need a gun. Look around anywhere and see all the harmless looking items that can be used as weapons. School kids carry sharpened pencils don't they.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't we already get news that someone failed at suicide and decided to stab someone? Clearly it's not hard even without a gun. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just torch the place!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The solution you suggest is the motivation for all of those high school shootings.

    In Japan, most victims of bullying either stop going to school or squeak by some how enduring the every day hell of school.

    In America, the kid gets a gun and takes out 10 of his classmates, some of whom may have been the instigators, other who just stood by and did nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 07/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In this case the teachers deserve to be taken out.

    Comment by Black Mage
    02:52 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gun control laws mostly only prevent honest citizens from obtaining fire arms but do little to stop criminals.
    But then he'd have to be familiar with the local criminal underground to obtain a firearm.
    A quiet kid is not going to have connections
    with the gangs and Yakuza.
    If he did have such connections then ironically this could have had a better ending.
    He could have had his criminal friends rough up the bullies a little maybe hand out a few black eyes and broken limbs that officially happened from them falling down the stairs or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This would obviously mean an impending spiral of retaliation, as more people would be bullied in turn - and could follow his example. It could go supercritical and soon nobody would be doing much else.

    He actually did the brilliant thing by nipping it in the bud. He stowed the toy away. Because, from another viewpoint, it's not quite his duty to teach maturity to fellow citizens. And they are quite free to decide whether they want to become criminals or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    whisky and a smoke: can relieve stress on so many levels...

    Comment by Black Mage
    02:47 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kinda surprised a Columbine has not happened there yet.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    03:14 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Near thing as it happened in japan already: Remember the Akihabara mass murderer: he went nuts because the bullying what suffered at the work.("Work". That's why I said near thing.)

    But in Japan, when someone cames to columbine level of thing, normally, he just suicide.

    When you take an japanese education, sometimes, one of pupil become unable to kill anyone in subconsious level even in columbine levels because it is "unconvenient to others". It's sucks but it is how this works.

    Think like how ashamed the father or mother will be if the son is an killer and how "columbine and akiba mass murder"-like shit is hated in Japan. If this guy go columbine, he and his family would be hated.

    So he don't find any other way than killing hinself.

    But maybe his death went more impactant than columbine because he dirtied the image of whole school and a whole city.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is nothing so cruel to a bullied kid than the existence of his family.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    03:26 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the editing thing is not working.
    FIXING
    "Think like how ashamed the father or mother will be if the son is an killer and how "columbine and akiba mass murder"-like shit is hated in Japan. If this guy go columbine, he and his family would be hated."

    Read as

    "Think like how ashamed the father or mother will be if the son is an killer and how "columbine and akiba mass murder"-like shit is hated in Japan. He probably came to conclusion that if he has gonne columbine, his entire family would become public enemy.
    (I think that conclusion, if he made this conclusion, is probably wrong since what he suffered is too strong.)"










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