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2 school girls detained in Fukuoka for mugging 12-year-old girl


Police in Fukuoka have taken into custody two girls for beating up a 12-year-old girl and stealing her money in a park in the Kanda neighborhood.

According to police, the two girls, aged 15 and 14, have been charged with assault and battery and larceny. Fuji TV quoted police as saying the two suspects assaulted the younger girl on Oct 31. They stole her handbag containing about 2,500 yen.

The girl told police the pair grabbed her by the hair and violently kicked her in the legs and other parts of her body. Fuji TV said the girl told her parents who contacted police.

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I hope this goes to trial but sadly it probably won't.

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Good thing that the girl reported

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If it's not bad enough that all of us need to be on the lookout for bad boys these days... now bad girls are on the rise!! Sad this happened, specially to a 12 year old; glad she found courage to report it. Just hope them girls won't retaliate against the victim again knowing the law can't place them on trial on account of their age.

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Why was a 12-yr old carrying a handbag? Was it a Louis Vuitton (or burando neimu something) and getting up the other girls' noses? So many possible scenarios...

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Don't care what the scenarios are it doesn't OK assault, battery, and theft.

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I see a "sincere apology" and a "gomenasai" payment by their parents, but no jail time.

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But this is the future with Abenomics; as the gap between the haves and the have-nots widens (as Abe himself has recognised will happen), then the have-nots will have to be kept in place through the activities of the police and the courts.

What has that got to do with two girls attacking a younger girl?

I hope these nasty little witches receive a suitable punishment.

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Massive overreaction to a bit of petty crime among school kids.

On the contrary, I think it is very fitting that violence and crime are met with punishment. What would you have society do, wait until they move on to more serious crimes like murder before reacting?

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Why was a 12-yr old carrying a handbag? Was it a Louis Vuitton (or burando neimu something) and getting up the other girls' noses? So many possible scenarios...

Wow, nice victim blaming. I carried a handbag when I was twelve, as I had a wallet, house keys, a bus pass, etc., and needed a place to put them. Kids these days are probably carrying around even more than that, so I don't get why her carrying a handbag could even factor into why she was beat up. Do all women carrying designer bags deserve to be mugged? And if she was "getting up the other girls' noses", them being 14 and 15 means that they have the maturity to walk away from the situation. I can't think of too many reasons to defend people who steal from others.

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Massive overreaction to a bit of petty crime among school kids.

What makes the crime so 'petty'? This wasn't a snickers bar from 7-11. If these little specimens get away with this 'petty' mugging, where will they end up?

Good on the victim to not hide it away, as too many do. 'Petty crime' is a misnomer, like 'slightly pregnant'. It's either crime or it isn't. Nip it in the bud. Give the girls a short, sharp shock, and let them make something of their lives.

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Under age criminals should be caned as punishment.

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Massive overreaction to a bit of petty crime among school kids

You obviously do not have a 12 year old child who was recently beaten and mugged by two older hoodlums.

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The less humanely a society treats its (particularly younger) criminals, the worse a society it becomes. Sweden, which invests hugely in the rehabilitation and reform of her criminals, and adopts an extremely "soft" approach, often ridiculed by the average citizen in less enlightened nations, recently announced the closure of four prisons, due to a lack of customers.

Other countries can't build new (often privatised) fast enough.

While the facts may disappoint the hang 'em and flog 'em, three-strikes-and you're out brigade, that doesn't in any way diminish the truth of them.

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It's not such big news. It's a timeless and universal crime that will never be stamped out. Not saying we should not try to educate people, but we don't need to over-react emotionally either. Those two children have to learn the hard way perhaps.

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I feel bad for all the parties involved. The pressure on being a young girl in Japan must be on a level that I could only imagine. Kids do stupid things sometimes... I would like to see a scenario where all three become friends.. social justice means we correct one another... not punish one another with an eye for an eye. Social restoration hopefully leaves each party with a better sense of improvement.

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