Nagoya to survey school bullying

Kyodo

The municipal government of Nagoya will conduct a survey on bullying later this year at all 386 public high schools, officials said Tuesday.

The move comes in the wake of the suicide earlier this year of a 13-year-old student at a public junior high school. The municipal board of education has determined that the boy, who left a note saying he was “told to die by various people,” was undoubtedly being bullied.

In the survey, the city will ask around 175,000 students if they have friends or teachers they can confide in, as well as ask questions on whether students are happy with school life.

The local government will provide counselors for schools found to have problems in the survey, officials said.

It will allocate ¥85 million for the survey in its fiscal 2013 supplementary budget.