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Urgent action needed to halt suicides due to school bullying

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Distressing cases of suicide due to bullying underscore the need for schools and other organizations to step up their commitment to tackling this burning and intractable problem.

In many instances, teachers overlook signs from victims or even take actions that drive the youngsters to end their lives.

Such tragedies must stop. Teachers and other staff members need to redouble their efforts to prevent bullying and vigorously detect signs of trouble early on.

Two cases of suicides triggered by bullying have been scrutinized by investigative committees set up by local governments. The two panels recently published reports on their respective investigations.

One case that occurred at the end of 2017 in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, involved a second-year junior high school student who lived in the city.

Harassment against the girl began in her class and spread to her school activities club and postings on social media.

The victim repeatedly signaled her distress and deep sense of isolation in questionnaires........

© The Asahi Shimbun