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Okayama student arrested for attempted murder after stabbing teacher

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Police in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, have arrested an 18 year-old student at a part time high-school for attempted murder after he stabbed a school teacher with a knife.

According to police, the incident took place inside the staff room of the Takahashi Matsuyama Municipal High School at around 12:30 on Thursday afternoon. Fuji TV reported that the boy stabbed the teacher in the staff room and was then detained by other teachers until police arrived.

The teacher was taken to hospital with wounds to his stomach and was in a stable condition Friday, police said.

The school, a part-time establishment, was on spring break at the time. According to school officials, the student had not attended school even once since September of last year.

Police said the youth has not given any reason for the attack.

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Can someone explain to me what a "part time high-school." If you know the title in Japanese that would be preferred.

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What happens when you de-emphasize patriotism in school and create a society lacking in pride and morals.

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@Nathan

Some high schools offer evening classes to people who drop out of regular high school education. They still get to graduate, but don't have to bother with uniforms, clubs or school festivals etc.

It's called 定時制 (teijisei) high school.

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Some high schools offer evening classes to people who drop out of regular high school education. They still get to graduate, but don't have to bother with uniforms, clubs or school festivals etc.It's called 定時制 (teijisei) high school.

Night schools are called yakkan gakkou, teijisei is not limited to evening school's. Also it isn't just for dropouts either, there are many schools (teijisei) that have classes for students who also have to work to support themselves as well.

Generally speaking teiji sei HS's are for lower level learners but there are exceptions to that as well.

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What happens when you de-emphasize patriotism in school

Because everyone who doesn't stab a teacher is a patriot? Or a patriot wouldn't dream of stabbing a teacher?

Part time school, hasn't attended once in the past 6 months - I would imagine this 18-year-old has other problems more pressing than whether the school curriculum included lessons in patriotism.

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And there are teachers who put themselves at risk to save pupils.

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@Yubaru

Sure, you're quite right. In this particular case, though, the lad was(n't) attending evening classes.

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the student had not attended school even once since September of last year.

Well, he was there on Thursday. These 'part-time' schools are schools for delinquents and punks. Obviously, this kid was both. There must be a lot more to this incident than is mentioned in this snippet article.

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@Disillusioned

No. My Australian friend's wife went to night school.Her father died young and she had to work to support her younger sisters. She graduated top of the class, went to a good university, and is currently studying for a PhD in Australia.

Not a punk....

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Lucabrasi - so, you base your conclusion on one student and one school? Amazing! I've worked in four of these part time schools and there is nothing pretty or academic about them. The majority of the students are dropout punks, many of which were given a police order to go to school or go to jail.

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I am very sorry to hear about this. The system allows for a lot of access that lets students approach teachers more freely than Western Schools, it is a sad thing to see that causing a teacher harm.

as for the night schools, part time, that is honourable for those who are honourable...and sadly there are low life kids in schools everywhere just like other aspects of life, not just Japan. I hope the teacher recovers and the kid is punished fully.

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@Disillusioned

No. No conclusion, not for a minute. Just a story about somebody I happen to know. You could well be right that most people at these schools are 'dropout punks', but this particular lady isn't....

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I hope to God I have the wisdom to raise my kids so they don't end up like this mis-guided kid.

I wonder what caused him to hate this teacher so much even though he probably hasn't seen him for 6 months?

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I'm really interested in the kid's reasons for stabbing the teacher. It sounds like something personal. It might be something petty, like the teacher failed him for not attending, or it could be something legitimate, like the teacher bullying him or turning a blind eye to him being bullied.

Either way, I don't think this report is complete without some sort of statement from the kid.

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I'm really interested in the kid's reasons for stabbing the teacher. It sounds like something personal. It might be something petty, like the teacher failed him for not attending, or it could be something legitimate, like the teacher bullying him or turning a blind eye to him

Are you trying to protect yourself from little Keisuke in your kids class from becoming even more of a monster?

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@DudeDeuce

What a bizarre response to a perfectly reasonable post.

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What reason would justify this kid for stabbing this teacher? (Other than self defense?) If there was something else going on, work through it as the rest of society does. The short cut this kid chose is just plain wrong no matter what his reasons are.

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I think its the East Asian education culture of being too rigid, lack of teacher-student rapport, the kids being nothing but mindless drones, pressures etc. I mean if Japan is so developed as a country, how come they still stick to 20th century style of schooling? If Japan was a 2nd or 3rd world country, such ways may be understandable but Japan's problem sometimes lie in the way they do things.

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Disillusioned

Amazing! I've worked in four of these part time schools and there is nothing pretty or academic about them. The majority of the students are dropout punks, many of which were given a police order to go to school or go to jail.

Obviously there is nothing academic about these schools if you have worked there.

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This is how the "Battle Royale" got started!!!!! ;)

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Amazing! I've worked in four of these part time schools and there is nothing pretty or academic about them.

Wow! That says a lot about you doesn't it.

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I'm sure some are good and others are not so good. Depends on various factors such as the quality of both teachers and students. Also, parental guidance is important and sadly lacking concerning many kids and young adults.

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These alternative high schools offer young adults a chance to get their education back on track. Kids who act out in this way, like a previous post said, have bigger problems than high school. Because the school nor the teacher who was stabbed will not disclose what happened to cause this, we can only wait and see if there is a follow up story. Young people make bad decisions quite often based on their limited life experiences. I hope the teacher doesn't give up trying to help young adults who need help and I hope the student gets the help he needs so dearly.

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I think the student had too much on his mind or on his plate, and no, I'm not defending him at all. Unfortunately I'm seeing society as going pretty much downhill. But I'm not gonna say much..my comments are mysteriously disappearing.

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