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High school student arrested for breaking classmate's back

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Police said Thursday that a junior high school student in Hiroshima has been arrested after he allegedly broke a classmate's back in June.

According to police, the 15-year-old boy was with four friends in a school corridor on June 22 during recess when several of them picked up the victim, TBS reported. The youth then allegedly kneed him in the back. Police say the boy suffered a broken bone in his lower back.

Following the alleged assault, the school principal publicly apologized for failing to protect the boy. The school subsequently distributed a questionnaire to students, the results of which suggested that the victim had been bullied regularly by his assailant.

The boy and his parents filed a complaint with police on July 17. The arrested youth denies any intent to harm the victim, TBS reported.

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Of course not. He didn't intend for his knee to smash into the guy's back while his buddies held him down. Simply an accident.

Pathetic.

S

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Of course the perp denies any wrong doing, even though he could have paralysed the kid. Insane behavior on the bully's part.

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Japan has the unfortunate culture of letting the obviously guilty to make any excuse imaginable, and it is considered impolite to publicly mock their pathetic and infantile attempts to avoid responsibility.

Underage or not, he knows he did wrong, and he has no intention to take responsibility of his vicious, brutal and barbaric behaviour. Again - there is a medical term to describe the personality of this criminal.

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To much violence on TV

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Denied any intent to harm him? What did he think kneeing him in the back would achieve? Make him laugh? This bullying epidemic is a direct result of 'no consequence or punishment' in the school system. The teachers have no way to punish unruly kids. They cannot eject them from classes. They cannot give them detention. They cannot stop them participating in club activities. The only thing they can do is yell, scream and intimidate them to behave normally, which is just another form of bullying. There is also the issue of monster parents. Over the years I have seen so many teachers that were so shit scared of monster parents they would just let the kids do whatever they liked in class and then give them a test that a three year old could pass just so the kids didn''t fail and the teacher could avoid another clash with a monster parent. The most important thing to a teenager is, time. Start punishing these unruly thugs by taking their time away and I am sure there will be a major difference in the attitudes of Jr/Sr high school kids in Japan, but until there are consequences there will be no control.

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All student terrorists should be sent to youth prison!!! Reform school is too good for these as**oles. The teachers can't control them, the principal doesn't care, and the police says no crime is committed. Maybe these student terrorists should be drowned and end this problem.

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If you get assaulted in school, don't just consult with the teacher, let the police deal with it.

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The problem starts at home. The bully was poorly raised in all likelihood. Parents of good kids should also teach their kids appropriate self-defense.

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Why do they never expel known trouble makers. I say kick them out of school, and have a national register of trouble makers. This will make it a much more difficult task to quietly slip into another school undetected... It will also put more pressure on the parents to better educate their children...

At present their appears to be no enforceable deterrent for bullies.

I say it is about time the school system clamped down and got tough on bullies.. Zero tolerance. Cause trouble, you get expelled.

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The school subsequently distributed a questionnaire to students, the results of which suggested that the victim had been bullied regularly by his assailant.

Raising little sheep. Why do they only bleat when a questionnaire is put in front of them?

The meaning of the word "empathy" seem lost, here.

According to police, the 15-year-old boy was with four friends in a school corridor on June 22 during recess when several of them picked up the victim, TBS reported.

No "friends" there, or anywhere in that school.

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Like my dad always said, " What goes around comes around!"

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@tokyokawasaki

Zero tolerance. Cause trouble, you get expelled.

Easily said... but then what? No school, no qualifications, unemployment, drugs, extreme right-wing politics, the Yakuza.... and there you have the makings of another criminal.

There's got to be a better approach to this kind of problem.

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Broke bone in his back? Or broke his back? Is there a difference, JT?

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Easily said... but then what? No school, no qualifications, unemployment, drugs, extreme right-wing politics, the Yakuza.... and there you have the makings of another criminal.

Erm, education is compulsory. I'm you'd either have to get home schooled or you'd be sent to some sort of juvenile detention center.

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The bullie deserves a public anal probing.

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Sounds like schools need a security patrol on campus and a hotline forum where students can call 24 x 7 if they need help. They need more public announcements saying that this bullying will not be tolerated. Hope the kid gets well and doesn't affect his childhood years.

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Waltery :

I hope you are joking.

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The bullie deserves a public anal probing.

Perhaps. But I'll pass on that.

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What's with the questionnaires?!! The ever present non-confrontational attitude is making real progress hopeless.

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Try him as an adult. 15 is plenty old enough to know better. I knew better at 10!

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Hey, they arrested the guy this time. Good job!

But, yes, need clearer and stricter punishments from schools over this. suspensions and expulsions are too rare. Whoever said "that will make a yakuza" : Who knows if it will. Maybe the kid is already a yakuza, why do we need to make him smart?

But more than that, school needs to be safe for all kids, and we need to protect the weak. That is mission number one! Also need to set an example to kids that there are consequences for their actions.

"anal probe" comment- if the kid happens to be into that, it's not a punishment. (And if he's not it's just weird torture). Stick to play by the rules or you're kicked out.

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Broke bone in his back? Or broke his back? Is there a difference, JT?

Both are technically correct, but a broken back usually implies that the vertebrae have slipped - pinching or severing the spinal cord, whereas a broken bone in the back means that one vertebra has been cracked or shattered. The former is extremely serious and can result in death or paralysis, while the latter can be relatively benign depending on the fracture.

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Bullies are cowards

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The boy and his parents filed a complaint with police on July 17. The arrested youth denies any intent to harm the victim, TBS reported.

So the "kid" doesn't deny the actions, just intent. The easiest way to stop this epidemic is to simply reverse the law on minors, allow them to be treated as adults in certain cases like this one. When you put a few of them behind bars for 20+ years, most of the bullies will calm down a bit.

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Another say story but with one ray of hope: parents and the public in general are starting to fight back against the crap culture of "I didn't mean to hurt him." By going straight to the police---even after the empty apology by the principal---a message is being sent to bullies and enablers; no more, we're not going to take it. Maybe there is hope for Japan...

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"the victim had been bullied regularly"

I was bullied regularly for a few weeks until one day, suddenly the bully's nose was bleeding from a blow from my fist.

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The bully needs a beating!

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Capitol punishment for juveniles. A few lashings/canings etc. on the seat of wisdom (multiplied by the harm they've done the victim) might make them understand that they'll recieve pain for giving pain. Also make sure its their parents that have to do it, and if they don't, have a school official do in their presence with the principal and some law enforcer present.

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HonestDictatorAUG. 12, 2012 - 05:50AM JST Capitol punishment for juveniles. A few lashings/canings etc. on the seat of wisdom (multiplied by the harm they've done the victim) might make them understand that they'll recieve pain for giving pain. Also make sure its their parents that have to do it, and if they don't, have a school official do in their presence with the principal and some law enforcer present.

Corporal punishment?

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Capital punishment seems a bit OTT.

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More questionnaires are certain to come....

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