A 15-year-old boy in Hiroshima Prefecture committed suicide in December after his school gave him wrong information about his eligibility for a high school entrance exam, the local board of education announced.
The news follows the suicide last month of another 15-year-old boy, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in which the student and his 47-year-old mother reportedly hanged themselves shortly after he took a high school entrance exam.
The board of education in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, said Monday that it did not make the boy’s Dec. 8 suicide public for three months at the request of his parents. They worried the news would shock the school’s other students preparing for entrance exams, the officials said.
The parents were scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday night, following the exams for the prefecture’s public high schools.
According to the officials, the boy, a third-year student at Midorigaoka Junior High School, was found collapsed at home at around 5 p.m. Dec. 8. His father called the police. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
The school said the boy had not been a target of bullying. But based on school records and interviews with his teachers, the board of education found that school officials gave him wrong information when they consulted him on his eligibility for high school entrance exams.
The Mainichi Shimbun reported that the boy had apparently hoped to apply to a private high school, using a system whereby students clearing certain academic criteria are given preferential treatment in the exam process if they make the school their first choice. But the teachers, based on wrong data of his academic performance in junior high school, told him he was not able to use the system.
The board of education said this may have led the student to despair, eventually prompting his suicide. It will soon set up a panel of experts to investigate the circumstances leading to the boy’s death.