The scandal surrounding the 13-year-old Shiga prefecture schoolboy who was only able to end his bullying by leaping from his apartment block continues to deepen, with teachers apparently still of the opinion that bullying had nothing to do with his death and that they are being unfairly scapegoated for not doing anything at all to help him.
According to emails reportedly sent by the city’s top teaching official, the real victims of the scandal are the poor teachers:
“If the mass media weren’t involved, this would be nothing at all.”
“The media are just stirring things up too much.”
“We’re victims as well here.”
“Why’d they have to get the police involved now of all times?”
“Nobody even recognises the bullying caused his suicide in any case, so the reporting is all wrong.”
The bullying scandal has continued to unfold with yet more details of his bullying emerging, including the fact the bullies apparently forced their way into his bedroom and stole his wallet and that one of their number was transferred to another school where he continued to bully other pupils, as well as all manner of efforts on the part of the teachers and parents of the bullies to deflect the blame back onto the dead victim.
Even the latest prime minister has chipped in with the following:
“I have a message for any child being bullied – you’re not alone, there is certainly someone out there who will look out for you. It doesn’t matter who, just seek help.”
However, it did not take long for critics to point out the boy repeatedly sought help from teachers, parents and police, none of whom actually bothered to do anything to prevent him being hounded into suicide by his classmates.