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14-year-old boy arrested after stabbing classmate with scissors

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Police in Yoshino, Nara Prefecture, have arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of aggravated assault after he stabbed a male classmate in the back with a pair of scissors.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10:50 a.m. Monday in a classroom during a school break, local media reported. The boy stabbed his classmate twice in the back.

A teacher heard the victim cry out and subdued the assailant, while another staff member called 119. The victim was taken to hospital where doctors said his wounds were not life-threatening.

Police quoted the boy as saying the victim had said something mean to him, which made him angry.

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Another youth unable to control his anger. And perhaps, another unable to forego an opportunity to bully others. Two wrongs don’t make any of it right. Japan’s schools need to tighten up their supervision of students.

“Police quoted the boy as saying the victim had said something mean to him, which made him angry.” -

-3 ( +13 / -16 )

Ban all scissors. Or start taking the bullying in schools, and the provoked responses like this one, seriously.

-14 ( +4 / -18 )

Still seem to be indistinct lines in charging between the routine “attempted murder” and here today, “aggravated assault”. Must be left to individual police interpretation of the laws on a case-by-case basis or, based on the implement employed in the assault?

- “The boy stabbed his classmate twice in the back [with scissors]. The victim was taken to hospital where doctors said his wounds were not life-threatening.” =

1 ( +9 / -8 )

There would be a lot less bullying if every kid did this. And I'm being serious. Once you think that you could be stabbed for being a bully, then you will stop being a bully.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

I’m guessing the victim was the bully and the assailant snapped and stabbed him. Bullying is terrible but attempted murder is worse. Kids can say really cruel stuff.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Ban all scissors. Or start taking the bullying in schools, and the provoked responses like this one, seriously.

While you are at it, ban all knives from being sold to anyone too! Let's just punish all the what, 10 to 20 Million school aged kids because of the actions of one?

Knee jerk reaction right?

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

A 14 year old cannot be arrested, perhaps detained for questioning but legally can't be arrested

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Does this start with biting in kindergarten?

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I wonder what the story behind this one is. We will never know of course. Maybe this was the final straw after years of psychological abuse, maybe the attacker suffered some sort of trauma at home. Finding is probably more important than arguing how the kid will not be punished.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

14 years old and already a psychopath. Charge him with attempted murder, plain and simple. Expel him permanently as well. There should be zero tolerance. But, and I've seen this before (though not with something ever this serious), what is more likely is that they will make the victim shake the assaulter's hand and both of them apologize), and then let him stay in the classroom saying, "In Japan, it's every student's right to get an education!". Then, the kid will actually succeed in murdering someone next time and they'll say they had no idea that could have happened, and no indicators (after trying to play it down).

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

what is more likely is that they will make the victim shake the assaulter's hand and both of them apologize), and then let him stay in the classroom saying, "In Japan, it's every student's right to get an education!".

Yes, they should make this child a pariah, expel them from society, and force them to a life of homelessness and poverty as punishment. Sterilize them while they're at it. Right? Can I get an Amen?

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Without checking the universality of it, I believe that many Japanese schools do already ban scissors.

Sadly, those with a grudge can get driven underground until they lash out in some way at society in general with ‘anyone will do.’

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

While still a very serious incident that could have had deadly consequences it is fortunate that the only weapon the boy could get were scissors, I hope the victim can fully recover and that the rest of the students that got exposed to this gratuitous display of violence get some time to talk about it with an adult that can help them.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The stabber is now a pariah in Yoshino, he will have a bad reputation for life, his family will hold their heads down in Shame, they'll probably have to move. It's a sad situation all round

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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