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Student arrested for placing rocks on train tracks in Ibaraki


Police in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested an 18-year-old high school student after he placed small rocks on a section of train tracks forcing the train to perform an emergency stop and suspend service.

According to police, the incident occurred on Dec 2. TV Asahi reported that the youth put the rocks on the tracks near Hatori Station on the JR Joban line. The conductor told police he heard a strange noise and noticed pieces of a larger rock that had been strewn about the tracks.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

Police quoted the student as saying that he wanted to hear what it would sound like when the train ran over the rocks.

Last month, four similar cases were reported in the area.

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Stupid kid could have caused a huge accident.

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Could have derailed causing fatalities. When we were kids during the "Leave It to Beaver" days, we placed pennies on the tracks and the pennies would crush flat.

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The judicial system here should really make this a heavily punished crime. This not only endangers the lives of the people on the train but also anyone who may be near the tracks with high speed rock projectiles.

18 years old should be old enough to know better and should spend time in jail or be fined heavily.

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A rock is no match for the wheels of steel.

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Spoiled rotten kids are the outcome of spoiled rotten parents. In this case, I totaly blame the parents of these kids for not spending the time that is needed to raise their kids in a good way.

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well his confused and wanted to knowing everything .... but dude you are not smart enough what u did was totally stupid !

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A lot of sneaky tampering goes on...

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It's pretty unlikely a small rock would derail a train, but it's still a pretty stupid thing for an 18 year old to be doing. We used to put coins on the coal train tracks - when we were 10!

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I want to hear what this kid sounds like swinging a sledgehammer while breaking rocks in the hot sun. Swing low, swing low sweat chariot..

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18 years old is not a kid.....

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I want to hear the sound of someone's hand slapping the side of this idiot's head.

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A moron !

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He is protected as a minor but there needs to be a tv show in Japan like Beyond Scared Straight. Send these kids to a prison for a day and get the feel of what prison life is like and have prisoners taunt them.

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Small rocks, no danger. Some friends did it dozens of time. Absolute stupidity from 18 year old boy but meaning in the media that it was dangerous from senior people is even way more despicable. Japanese don t know what is the meaning of danger: small rock on rail = no danger; volcano = danger; nuc plant risking tsunami = danger; walking and showing wallet filled with bank notes in Paris = danger. People get life and discover world.

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At 18 YO he knows what he's doing is stupid, come on!

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How did the poor, misguided young man get caught?

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I can't believe that the kid would do that. He could make the train fall over and people would get hurt. The mother and father of the children should watch the kids more for this kind of things. The kid is not that young to understand that there could be an accident so i think that he should get in trouble for what he did. I think that it was very stupid for him to do that. Maybe they shouldnt accept children the the areas near the track train because of what that person did. They should put signs for that not to again happen.

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" They should put signs for that not to again happen. "

Oh great! A sign, yes that would have prevented it. Lets plaster the country with yet more silly signs....

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