2 Ex-Classmates Ordered to Pay Damages over Bullied Boy's Suicide

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Otsu, Shiga Pref., Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--Otsu District Court in western Japan on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a boy who killed himself in 2011 at the age of 13 to pay damages totaling about 37 million yen, recognizing that their bullying of the victim caused the suicide.

The boy, from Otsu, the capital of Shiga Prefecture, committed suicide on the morning of Oct. 11, 2011, by jumping off the condominium where he lived. He was a second-grader at an Otsu municipal junior high school.

In the high-profile bullying and suicide case, the boy's parents in 2012 filed a damages suit against three former classmates and their parents, seeking a total of 38 million yen. The bereaved parents also sued the Otsu city government for damages.

A survey conducted by the school has found that the boy had faced bullying, such as being forced to "practice suicide."

A third-party investigation committee set up by the city concluded in 2013 that bullying was the direct cause of the suicide.

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