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16-year-old student arrested for stabbing classmate during recess


A 16-year-old high school boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 16-year-old classmate with scissors during a recess at school in Honjo, Saitama Prefecture.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:55 a.m. on Friday. Kyodo New reported that the victim was stabbed in the left side of his back and waist. A teacher subdued the attacker, while another staff member called police.

The victim was taken to hospital. Police said doctors told them his wounds are not life-threatening.

Police said the two boys were in the same class and are trying to determine the source of trouble between them. The suspect was quoted as saying, “I stabbed him but I didn’t plan to kill him.”

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Some people just have natural tendency to do this, no matter how safe society is.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Well done the teacher.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

In Japan, bullying is the worst from all developed countries.

Root causes of it are multiple. I think we, the ones living here and having children in schools, know perfectly why and how, but also how there is absolutely zero interest to abolish it, either by severe punishments to both pupil and parents, but more importantly putting the problematic kids into special classes away for peaceful students.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Probably bullying related.

Schools everywhere should create Tolerance 101 classes and make it a mandatory to attend. It’s not a silver bullet, but it might help.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I stabbed him but I didn’t plan to kill him.

What were you planning on doing?

Making a new friend?

Going out together later for some tickles and hugs?

Trying to make him give up his Pokemon cards?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

everything comes from education at home...

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Oh no not again! We are seeing violence amongst the young at an unprecedented rate here in safety Japan. Action needs to be taken fast and cross country. First one should be the banning of smartphones from educational establishments. They are the root cause of distraction and bullying amongst the young these days.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

overreaction of government to charging him with attempted murder. Of course the kid needs some help but he wasn’t going to do much damage with those and seems to need some anger management vs seeing a jail cell. Mental health is never addressed in Japan properly. As there was no reports on previous issues I’m reading this is a one off child outburst. He needs some mental help to control himself. Also what lead up to this is missing. So many holes in this story. I hope they called the ambulance first not the police as stated. Injured should be the first issue. Glad the other student will be okay without any issue. I hope the attacker at his age get some mental help.

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High school kids dont have "recess", that's for ES kids. It happened between classes, during the 5 or 10 minute "break!".

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There is no mention as to whether this will count as an absence for either the attacker or victim. Perhaps some well informed JETs and JT readers know the answer? With the heat wave and furnace of a classroom, he might have suffered from temporary insanity caused by unsafe temperatures in the classroom. The police will sort it out properly, but the absence issue should be addressed.

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