Boy held for trying to kill goat says he was inspired by IS video


Police have arrested a third-year junior high school boy for attempting to kill a goat. The boy told police he was inspired to kill someone after watching videos of Islamic State extremists beheading hostages and that he wanted to practice on the goat first.

According to police, the boy broke into the grounds of a school in Tachikawa, Tokyo, at around 1 a.m. on Feb 15. NTV reported that he had with him a bag containing a handsaw and an iron bar. The boy went to an enclosure where the school keeps some animals and then attempted to kill the goat with the bar. However, the goat's bleating attracted the attention of a police officer on patrol.

The boy tried to flee but was caught by the policeman. The goat did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.

The boy was quoted as saying he had downloaded videos of Islamic State beheading hostages onto his computer at home and had watched them many times. He said he wanted to practice on the goat before killing a person.

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Remember that girl who practiced on cats, beat her father with a bat and then beheaded a classmate? The last sentence of this article should be a big warning sign to the authorities about this kid.

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I was hoping for this to end with the goat completely wrecking him, leaving him a crying mess on the floor...

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Boy held for trying to mate with goat says he was inspired by IS video

I suppose it takes all sorts.

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I think killing someone with knifes is not odd or rare for Japanese ? But the real question is boy intention which is very disappointing. Killing someone is not humanity and not allowed by any religion , caste or culture .

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That kid is broken and I'm pretty sure there's no fix for a mind like that. Just ask yourself, would a 'normal' person download those beheading videos and then be 'inspired' to do the same?

Lock him up for good or else this boy will try again and most likely succeed.

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I'm glad he was caught in time.

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Talk about a scapegoat... Seriously though, it's a good thing this kid got caught early. Hopefully, he gets help... far away from people he could possibly hurt.

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Seems like a sociopath or even psychopath who has little or no functioning in the empathy part of the brain. I don't agree with @knowbetter about locking him up because of the assumption he will do a serious crime (that is like a preemptive military strike) but somebody needs to keeps a close eye on him probably the rest of his life if something can't be done to address his condition.

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Can somebody please tell me, why there are so many cases of "I wanted to kill someone" or "I wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone" in Japan? Not "my homeroom teacher molested me, I want to kill HIM" or "my supervisor is a complete bitch, I want to kill HER", but simply "I felt like killing somebody"?

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like with Ivan the Terrible and others, it all starts with killing animals first.

and good point lationz..that's a very intriguing point.

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Those bloody barbaric IS videos should be erased from the internet somehow. I don't give a stuff if sickos want to see them as they are 'educational' or being able to view them is a right... if kids see them, aren't repelled and act like this I'd quite happily trample over your rights to view what you want.

Lock the sicko up and keep him away from sharp implements, viewable media and his passport.

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Serial killer in the making.

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And to think just the other day there were those saying this kind of video was necessary for kids to see in the classroom to 'educate' them on the dangers they face out there. For shame! This kid is obviously a little sick in the head. Get him help now before he becomes the next sociopath we read about on here.

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Yeah, ok! I'm amazed! Is this the pitiful state of teenagers in Japan that they feel like they have to copy everyone else?

Oh, hang on! Let's think about the Japanese copying regeme for a sec. Digital cameras, plasma TVs, airbags, surfboards, guitars and hundreds more. I think it's no surprise this deranged little mullet tried to copy IS. Copying is in his DNA!

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Simply put this young boy has symptoms of deep mental disturbances and needs immediate help because acts of cruelty toward animals are the first signs of violent pathology that includes human victims. In other words a child harming or trying to kill an animal is a precursor to some very serious violent and aggressive behavior.

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Smith You are putting that discussion out of context. NOBODY said that we should show videos of IS beheading people to children. The one was a documentary and it was blurred it is not the same as "this kind of video"

As for this kid, he's evidently disturbed, it reminds me of the case of the girl who killed her classmate. A good thing he got caught on time, I do hope measures are taken and not simply a slap on the wrist and let him go free

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There are plenty of high functioning psychopaths and sociopaths in society who are not violent. In fact most successful businessmen (who are otherwise upstanding citizens) statistically show psychopathic/sociopathic tendencies. A lack of empathy for life is not a predictor for violence, and likewise, violent behavior is not an indicator of a psychopathy/sociopathy. The only lesson we can learn from this is that, like every other person on earth, this kid has violent tendencies. Unlike everyone else on earth, he has chosen to act on them. Are his tendenciestowards violence stronger than normal, or has everyone else found ways to pacify their violence (violent movies, indulgence in vices, or just letting the stress eat away at their health)?

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I didn't know you could be arrested for "attempting to kill a goat". But anyway what will be his punishment? I hope he will get some help.

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How can anyone be inspired by an IS video? Disgusted or grossed out maybe, but not inspired.

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"Inspire" is morally neutral. It implies "motivated", as in "Neo-nazis are inspired by Hitler."

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I would be inspired to put him in juvenile detention for at least 5 years.

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Seems some people are just programmed wrong.... is there any hope for this kid?

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If that was my son, I'd disown him.

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so many damn idiots...kudos to the cop for catching this nutter before he did any damage

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His punishment should be that he is sent to Syria or Iraq and meet his friends at IS central.

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Without proper parental guidance , thinking of children become so cloudy that they indulge to commit such reckless actions in the society.

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The blight began to spread across the World via the Internet.

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Lock up. Throw away key. It would be irresponsible to try to rehabilitate this pile of genetic garbage.

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Not sure what the alternative would be to the critic of my comment. Let me know...

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I doubt everything about his story. There have also been goat beheading in New York, Don't believe a word he says. He is part of some online cult.

He is using ISIS as an excuse.

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That police officer is a straight up Hero, not only did he protect future people from this psychopathic little expletive but also saved the life of an innocent being.

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"He said he wanted to practice on the goat before killing a person. "

That is enough excuse for me to snub his life now, he has given away his humanity. There is no rehabilitation for him, end his life now like a rabid animal and save other lives that matter.

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Little psychopath there.... there will be victims in the future.

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