Police say two elementary school girls apparently committed suicide on Tuesday night by jumping from a condominium in Aichi Prefecture. Investigative sources say the girls left behind notes for their family members and others at the scene.
The sixth-graders, who attended the same elementary school, were found bleeding in the area around the condominium in the city of Toyota. They were later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The sources say the girls did not live in the condominium building. But they point out that the notes found at the site included those suggesting the girls had been bullied. However, the sources say the notes did not mention anything concrete about who carried out the bullying and why.
The sources say police confirmed the girls had entered the condo more than an hour before they jumped from the building. Police are investigating the girls' activities after school on the day and other matters.
Officials at the city's Board of Education say the girls were in separate classes and were to attend a graduation ceremony on Wednesday next week.
The board officials say that surveys they conduct a few times each year did not find any signs of the two girls being bullied.
The officials say they will determine whether to take further measures such as questioning other schoolchildren, after they have consulted with the parents of the two girls.