Police arrested four youths in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, on Monday after they severely beat a fellow student at their public high school. The victim, a 14-year-old second year student, suffered blood hemorrhaging in the brain and is currently unconscious, police said.
According to police, the four boys, two 14-year-old second year students and two 15-year-old third year students, have admitted to the charges, and were quoted by police as saying they beat the boy after he shouted insults at them.
The boys are accused of beating the boy for over one hour on Sunday evening between 9:40 and 10:45 p.m. on the street in Toyooka city. Police said the gang visited the boy's home and asked him to come outside, whereupon they started attacking him. After the attack, the boy wouldn't get up, and one of the attackers phoned the boy's older brother, who together with his mother called authorities.
According to the boy's school, the victim had been friends with three of the four boys who attacked him, since elementary school. One attacker belonged to a different middle school. At a press conference Monday, the school principal said: "We're all really shocked. We had no idea there was any trouble brewing among the boys."© News reports