UPI.com released the following report (excerpt below) from Japan. Although bullying cannot be linked to all youth suicides, the education board of Otsu, Japan has gathered substantial evidence that links bullying to the teen’s suicide. Statistics on youth violence show suicide to be the third most common cause of death among young people.
OTSU, Japan, July 13 (UPI) — The education board of Otsu, Japan, told a news conference the suicide of a teenager in October was caused because he was bullied at Otsu middle school.
Kenji Sawamura, the head of the education board, said Thursday he believes bullying was the primary cause of a 13-year-old boy’s suicide, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.