Three 17-year-old boys arrested for nearly drowning student in river
Police said Saturday they have arrested three 17-year-old boys in Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture, for nearly drowning another student in a river on July 8.
According to police, the three boys, one a high school student and two unemployed, allegedly forced a 17-year-old student who could not swim to enter a river before forcing his head underwater until he passed out, TBS reported.
Police say the boys have confessed to the charge. There were also some onlookers who filmed the incident with their cell phones and posted images on the Internet, TBS reported.
The news comes in the same week that the ministry of education announced plans to tackle bullying in the nation’s public schools following the suicide of a 13-year-old boy in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, after he was bullied by classmates.