The Washington Post on Japanese high school students forced a classmate to swim across a river leading him to drown:
The boy had reportedly gone to a festival with his friends, and they were angry at him for trying to pick up a girl when he already had a girlfriend. “If you jump into the river, swim to the other side and back again, then maybe we’ll forgive you,” they told him, according to Japan Today. They told police they didn’t think their friend would be in danger.
The boy, a 15-year-old high schooler, made it about halfway across the 100-foot river before crying out, “I can’t do it anymore,” a witness told the Kyodo news agency. Then he sank beneath the surface. Police are still searching for the teen, but he is presumed to have drowned.
His alleged tormentors — a 16-year-old high school student, a 14-year-old in junior high and a 15-year-old described as a “company worker” — have been arrested for assault, according to Kyodo. The identities of the suspects and the victim are being withheld because they are minors.
Bullying at its best. Just another day in Japan.