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15-year-old boy arrested after slashing classmate at school

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Police in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder after he slashed a classmate with a knife at a public high school. 

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday inside a classroom, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the boy used a fruit knife with a 10-centimeter-long blade to slash his 15-year-old male classmate in the face and neck.

The suspect then fled the scene with the knife in his possession. About 90 minutes later, police found him 800 meters from the school. The injured student was taken to the hospital where doctors said his injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Police said the boy told them he intended to kill his classmate but did not give a reason.

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I'm wondering if this was a bullied boy exacting revenge on his bully? This could have ended up much worse! Glad that it wasn't life threatening.

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It is surprisingly easy to make fatal wounds with a knife, even if it is 10cm long, Hopefully the injured boy recovers completely soon. At least physically, probably he will need a lot of support to leave behind this experience.

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This is what happens when the teachers and parents don’t step in. One day a kids going to stand up to his bully

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We need to wait for the boy's motive (if he gives one) or the victim's take on things) before we start speculating

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Nasty, unfortunate, but I agree with Lamilly there is no point speculating on motive as we have zero information upon which to base it. Wait until we have some, then go wild :)

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About 90 minutes later, police found him 800 meters from the school. 

That far huh? He must've been really hustling on that one.

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I don't want to presume anything, but, investigators should look into this kid's relations with his classmates. This is just me assuming, but I'm guessing he didn't do this in cold blood and was driven to do it.

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We need to wait for the boy's motive (if he gives one)

Read Robert Sapolsky's 'Behave' and you will see that determining motive after an event is almost almost impossible to do. But to believe Sapolsky, you have to have faith in medical science, instead of faith in most psychology and religions.

An example of not being able to determine motive includes the many studies done after the bump stock (gun extremists, can you describe how a bump stock fits your Swiss Army knife defense) murderer killed so many people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas. The closest explanation is he was carrying a very powerful gun with him and used it. Finding motive is a good way to satisfactorily wrap up mystery novels and TV crime shows.

In the case described in the article, one person was carrying a knife with him and decided to use it to attack another person.

Carrying weapons, seems to be a constant when reading about people being attacked.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/09/behave-by-robert-sapolsky-review

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Something similar happened here recently; a kid was being bullied for over a year, then one day in class he slashed the bully with a box cutter.

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Same thing happened at our college during class when one kid used a box cutter on another's face. I thought at the time that he was just a dangerous individual with slashy/stabby urges. I wondered how often those involved with him had overlooked any previous events.

If this one above is an example of pent-up revenge against a bully, though, and I am not saying it is, it seems to have missed the bit where you give the perp some fair warning re what you are prepared to do to him and his face. Unless of course you are afraid he might use the warning as ammo to discredit you further.

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This reminds me of my older brother! He was bullued by an older kid who used to go out of his way to hit him on his head. One day after getting hit, my brother left school, came home, got a small knife and went back to school. As soon as the guy hit him, he made 3 swings with the blade and left the bully in a bloody mess (nono life changing or life threatening). He did a stint in juvie but came back to school as the top most feared kid in the school. He was a legend at other schools as news traveled.

So perhaps it could be from bullying as to why this kid did what he did. I don't condone it, but Japan needs to deal with the bullying in schools and workplaces before things get worse. (American schools)

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@virusrex It is surprisingly easy to make fatal wounds with a knife, even if it is 10cm long, Hopefully the injured boy recovers completely soon. At least physically, probably he will need a lot of support to leave behind this experience. Have you ever thought about the attacker being the victim of bullying? We only know what we are reading, the boy could have been bullied by all the students he slashed. Why not think about the slasher needing support if he was in fact being bullied!

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This is happening.a lot in the UK And it seems that carrying a knife is a necessity due to the fear factor.

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Forty years ago I drove school buses in LA. I knew there were kids on the bus cutting things up but when district security arrested the one really bad kid he had a gun too. These were junior high kids age 12-15 and the one with the gun was the youngest brother of two kids I went to high school with. Both of them were varsity athletes and had high GPAs. Good family too. Little brother went with the gangs instead of following his big brothers. There is no accounting for how kids turn out sometimes.

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This is happening.a lot in the UK And it seems that carrying a knife is a necessity due to the fear factor.

I'm not aware of a time when kids didn't bring knives to school. When I was a kid it wasn't even against any rules. I always had a pocket knife on me.

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I bet this kid was watching too much violence related anime and videos game . He may become the next dexter if he is not removed from society

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