KOBE--An 18-year-old student was seriously injured when she tried to kill herself after being bullied at a school here.

An independent panel concluded that bullying by classmates led to the suicide attempt and that the school had failed to deal with the problem.

It said if the private senior high school had taken effective action, it is highly likely the student would not have attempted to take her own life in February.

The youngster had been bullied by a group of her classmates since autumn 2016 when she was in her second year. They pasted numerous scraps of paper on her desk and chair and would subject her to scorn such as, "Hey ugly! Get out of this school!" according to the committee’s report.

On Sept. 30, 2016, the victim took a photo of her desk and chair, which were covered with pieces of paper.

The report said the teacher in charge of the victim's class regarded the plastering of the girl's desk and chair with masses of pieces of paper as just "playing among friends," and did not officially inform the school of the situation.

It was on Feb. 24 earlier this year when the student felt she could take no more and jumped off the top of an approximately 13-meter-high stone wall in a park in southern Hyogo Prefecture. She struck her head on the ground and was hospitalized for more than three months.

After the suicide attempt, the school set up the third-party committee based on the anti-bullying law.

“Bullying had been taking place in a regular manner. It is obvious that without the bullying the student would not have attempted suicide,” the committee wrote.

The school responded to the damning verdict by saying it would closely examine the report and submit it to the prefectural government.

The student reportedly suffered from impaired consciousness right after the suicide attempt, and even now experiences auditory and visible hallucinations of her classmates saying, “Die!” She is receiving outpatient treatment.

The girl told an Asahi Shimbun reporter, “I am glad that it was proved that bullying had taken place. But I still cannot think, ‘It is good that I am alive.’”