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16-year-old student arrested for stabbing 3 at school

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A 16-year-old student stabbed two classmates and injured a teacher at the prestigious all-boy private Gyosei High School in Tokyo on Monday.

According to police, the rampage began just past noon. Fuji TV reported that the boy stabbed two classmates, also aged 16, and a 49-year-old teacher with a folding knife. Police were called and took the boy into custody. The boy was quoted as saying he stabbed his classmates in “a fit of rage” because he was teased.

Police said the three victims were in a stable condition in hospital on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, school officials said they had consulted with the parents of the boy on three occasions concerning his volatile relationship with his classmates. In response, teachers said they spoke to the boy regarding his parents’ concern.

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He is likely a product of his environment

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Meanwhile, school officials said they had consulted with the parents of the boy on three occasions concerning his volatile relationship with his classmates. In response, teachers said they spoke to the boy regarding his parents’ concern.

That seems to be a lot of speaking, but no action.

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He's young, so the judge will let him go with a light sentence if any, because they will believe he's able to be rehabilitated. His parents, on the other hand, will have to pay heaps of gomenasai money, along with the medical bills. Then the family will have to move somewhere people don't know them

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Okay so according to the article, a boy is bullied or "teased", no one helps him, he takes matters into his own hands and the bullies become the victim. So, he had two choices, suicide or stand up to his bullies because no one would help him. Did I get this correct? Or is the article lacking information?

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That's called assault with a deadly weapon, or attempted murder in the USA. He would probably be tried as an adult in the US and do some prison time in a Juvenile facility as well as be forced into psychiatric counseling.

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Okay so according to the article, a boy is bullied or "teased", no one helps him, he takes matters into his own hands and the bullies become the victim. So, he had two choices, suicide or stand up to his bullies because no one would help him.

Standing up to them is one thing, stabbing them with a knife is another. As a kid who changed schools often due to my father's work, I often had run-ins with bullies. I got into several fights, not always winning, but bullies don't mess with people who fight back. As a kid I had a gun at home, and more than one knife (I was in the scouts), but it never occured to me to use them. My grandfather warned me about bullies, not to be afraid of taking a few licks, and not to be afraid of handing out many of my own.

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Sounds like an ijime victim that could not take it anymore. Teased is a huge understatement and I have a bad feeling this kid was getting picked on for quite some time.

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Product of excessive bullying....

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I'm not sure if I'd go with the bullying angle. Yeah, the bullying may have pushed him over the edge, but I'm sure this kid had other emotional issues as well. After more than a decade of working in private high schools, I can tell you for a fact that, most of the students with learning disabilities, emotional disorders and special needs end up in private schools because the public schools cannot deal with them. No doubt this kid fits into one of the above categories and just snapped.

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Okay so according to the article, a boy is bullied or "teased", no one helps him, he takes matters into his own hands and the bullies become the victim. So, he had two choices, suicide or stand up to his bullies because no one would help him. Did I get this correct? Or is the article lacking information?

I ran out and did a check for corresponding Japanese articles.

http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/12160852/

刺した男子生徒が「以前からからかわれていた」

"Bullying" has many levels and based on this, the guy by his own admission was indeed no more than "teased". Though I'm sure the teachers chose a "non-intervensionist approach" as usual, It is hard to describe his choice as a proportionate self-defense.

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I think stabbing fellow students is bad even if he was teased.

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Agree with other posters above; kid gets bullied, kid stands up for himself, kid turns into the bad guy. Unfortunate that it could have been prevented if the original problem (bullies) were properly dealt with.

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Of course he shouldn't be stabbing people but maybe his brain told him it's either kill yourself or try to kill them? If he had killed himself we'd all be blaming the bullies but now he's stabbed two fellow students (the bullies?) and a teacher (who maybe didn't listen to him?), he becomes the bad guy by default.

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If he had killed himself we'd all be blaming the bullies but now he's stabbed two fellow students (the bullies?) and a teacher (who maybe didn't listen to him?), he becomes the bad guy by default.

Well yeah, of course. He stabbed some guys.

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