Central Japan teacher blamed in boy's suicide note
Jiji -- Feb 14
A municipal junior high school student in the central Japan city of Ichinomiya who jumped to death last week blamed his teacher in his suicide note, it was learned Monday.

"My homeroom teacher has entirely destroyed my life," said the note, stored on a game device of the 14-year-old third-grader of the Azai junior high school in the Aichi Prefecture city. He handed the device to a friend on the very day he jumped from a commercial building in the city of Osaka in western Japan on Feb. 6.

At a news conference, Takashi Ueda, the school's principal, said there were inappropriate acts by the male teacher. The city's board of education will set up a third-party investigative panel, while the teacher in question will be suspended until the end of March.

The teacher repeatedly made specific students, including the boy, do the chore of distributing papers. In addition, some of the teacher's interactions with the boy's parents over his injury during a school sports festival were inappropriate, according to Ueda.

説明を一転させて、学校側は「いじめがあったか」分からないとしました。 これは、愛知県一宮市の中学3年の男子生徒が6日、大阪市内で飛び降り自殺していた問題についての発言です。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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