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15-year-old arrested over forcing classmate to eat insect, dog feces

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This is sad.  Hope the victim is not traumatized for life.  I too was bullied as a kid and it leaves a mental scar.  Fortunately some of those bullies from my past turned their lives around.  Hopefully the same for this kid.

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Bullying happens everywhere in the world and at all levels of society. However, in this case, I think the victim needed a god dose of 'man-up' and do something about it,

-27 ( +3 / -30 )

Clearly, he has a future in serial killing ... or politics

15 ( +18 / -3 )

There's a certain shame associated with being bullied that many people will never understand, not unless they've been bullied. The rotten feeling of embarrassment/of knowing you allowed someone to treat you that way, of your own cowardice, of regret--things you could've/should've done to fight back.

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It's not even bullying, it's assault. If this were one person doing these things to another within their household, it would be called assault.

"I knew he was scared of me, so I made him do anything I wanted him to do," the suspect was quoted by a police officer as saying.

This is precisely how abusers and violent people function - with the threat of violence.

I hope the little bastard gets the equivalent of reform school - well, he won't, but a couple of years of compulsory therapy and volunteer work at least.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

So a 15 year old is arrested for the 3rd time in a few months. What happens, he is given a lecture then released? Expulsion from the school and/or Japan's version of juvenile hall sounds about right.

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However, in this case, I think the victim needed a god dose of 'man-up' and do something about it

Victim blaming? Really?

17 ( +20 / -3 )

when i was a cub scout, the master made us eat ant soup for dinner one night. we were in the countryside, so if you didn't eat it, you starved. I can still remember the taste all these years later.

I wonder what it is with making kids eat stuff? he must have some serious psychological issues. My cub scout leader made us eat ants only once, just because he hated children, but that 15 year old boy seemed to do it many times.

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"Man up"?

Just what do you suggest? At that age there can be a huge physical size differences in children, let alone defensive skills or emotional strengths. Not everybody can be you.

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People can go blind from contact with parasites found in dog faeces. I hope the bully is charged and sent to a reformatory. He should certainly not get off without severe punishment.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Some are born bad. People are born with different moral sensitivities.

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And the parents?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

He's a repeat offender because, even though he's been arrested a few times, nothing has really happened to him, being a minor

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Well a depraved individual has been exposed at a relative young age, let's see if the authority's intervention actually helps, or not.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This is Japan! A bow, an apology and its "off the hook" for you. I cannot STAND a bully. This is a prime case where the judge should deal out a HARSH punishment and send a loud message to other bullies! Japanese schools need to pay closer attention to kids who are being bullied and bullies before things get worse like the murder case last year.

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The police said there are witnesses who have also seen the victim eat an earthworm and gecko on the suspect's order.

If I were the dad of one of the so called 'witnesses' I would be extremely disappointed and embarrassed that my son/daughter didn't intervene. Parents have to teach their kids that not doing anything in such circumstances is nearly as bad. What a sad, sad world we live in.

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Although I agree that this needs to stop and some form of reprimand is needed for the kid, I don't think locking up a 15-year old is the right way to go. The parents need to get more involved here too I think

2 ( +2 / -0 )

When I was a kid, some mean older kids cornered me while walking home once and tried to make me eat some dog crap. I picked up a big rock and pretended I had the balls to smash someone in the head with it. I didn't eat any dog crap.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Look to the parents of the bully...pretty sure you will find the answer to his behaviour right there. Even so this child needs to be taught a lesson but I fear at the age of fifteen it is far too late! In my experience there is always a bigger and stronger bully out there who will end up teaching him a lesson. You can't win every time...just ask Mike Tyson.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

May the same punishment fit his crime.

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Bullying happens everywhere in the world and at all levels of society. However, in this case, I think the victim needed a god dose of 'man-up' and do something about it,"

An unhelpful and naive comment, Disillusioned; you cannot expect a small child to "man up" to bullying automatically, nor to easily be made to do so. And when the child sees little or no official sanction on the offender, it makes it more difficult, and easier for the offender to do it again. I think Singapore still has the cane for juvenile offenders; Japan should consider this; nothing like pain to get to an anti-social offender!

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Give him a taste of his own medicine- force him to eat feces and maybe a cockroach

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"Give him a taste of his own medicine- force him to eat feces"

To paraphrase Mr. Gandhi, feces for feces make the whole world stink.

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@Tony W - Disillusioned; you cannot expect a small child to "man up" to bullying automatically, nor to easily be made to do so

This 'small child' you are referring to is 15 years old, not 5 years old! He is far from being a small child! Yeah, I am blaming the victim. He invited this bully into his house and then was made to eat dog poop! Think about it! This kid did nothing to stop being bullied or refused to carry out the acts. He was most likely enjoying the attention from all his so-called 'friends'. I work with 15 year old Japanese kids every day and have done for many years. I know very well what they are like. They thrive on the attention, be it good or bad. Peer pressure equals popularity in Japan. He should have just said, "No!" but he kept taking the abuse as popularity. All you internet psychiatrists really need to spend a bit of time with 15 year old Japanese kids before you start rolling out the sympathy blanket. They are attention seeking monsters!

-15 ( +0 / -15 )

Disillusioned obviously is a little short on empathy and understanding - ridiculous ignorance to blame the 15 year old kid ..

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@Disillusioned 

Some adults are monsters too.

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@Garthbrow - Disillusioned obviously is a little short on empathy and understanding

Or, maybe you have too much empathy, like the rest of the modern generation! Society has not changed very much in the last 50 years. Bullying was always present and 30-40 years ago it built character (and scars). These days, however, it builds a generation of 'politically correct' wimps who could not fight their way out of a wet paper bag and only want to run away and cry to mummy! You think I have little empathy? You are 100% correct! I have no empathy for apathy! Man the heck up all you empathetic wusses!

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@disillusioned the problem with "maning up" is that the society of today (government included) is on the side of those that would submit or run, in fact fighting back is more severely punished than bullying itself is. I was bullied when I was younger and when I said hell no and threw a fist instead of the bullies who had attacked me many times before got off scot free every time and I was punished by the school every time. The system actively discourages fighting back and encourages bitching about it till an adult does something about it hence the kid getting arrested instead of decked in the face.

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Disillusioned

If you think the kids you work with are "attention seeking monsters" you really shouldn't be working with them.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

To paraphrase Mr. Gandhi, feces for feces make the whole world stink.

to paraphrase someone else, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

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@Disillusioned 

it's an extremist position that all bullying builds character and that we can assume victims of bullies enjoy the attention and have the psychological or physical tools to "fight back" (leaving aside high suicide rates as an indicator of the seriousness of the problem). Group mentality and group think can be bad for society as a whole just as too much "political correctness," as it were, can stifle independence and free expression. It's an eccentric position that bullying is basically a good thing. I doubt research bears this out. If my child ganged up on a weaker kid, emotionally or physically, to enjoy extracting suffering, I'd not be very happy just as I'd be unhappy if my kid couldn't stand up for themselves in some way. It strikes me as a bit trollish to stake out such far out ground. It may be somewhat normal for kids to test themselves behaviorally as they develop a sense of right and wrong. I fear the results of encouraging kids to bully others or praising the behavior as beneficial or fostering an environment in which bullying is seen as acceptable/normal behavior in life. These days I always question extreme points of view on the internet for possible projection.

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Hoping the bully can turn his life around? Look, I hope a bully who makes others eat grasshoppers can turn his life around. But making others eat crap? I'm sorry but there's a limit. This bully is disturbed.

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The kid has been arrested 3 times already and obviously doesn't plan on improving his behavior any time soon.

Charge the bully's parents for all of those crimes and send him to a boarding school or the self defense forces.

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You can't put up with what these pukes say...FIGHT BACK...yes; you may get beat up,

but if you DON'T, it will only continue and likely get WORSE.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

You can't put up with what these pukes say...FIGHT BACK...yes; you may get beat up,

but if you DON'T, it will only continue and likely get WORSE.

Or, you just might get killed. Can't get much worse than that.

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This makes me so angry. The other kids who knew about this didn't tell anyone? They too are to blame for the continued bullying. The parents of the 15 bully should be held responsible for his actions and charged with something. The only good thing about this, if you can call it good, is that the bullied kid didn't take his own life. I'm so pissed about this.

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