Reporters and TV crews gather outside a junior high school in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, on Wednesday, after a student there was stabbed by a schoolmate. Photo: KYODO
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Junior high school boy dies after being stabbed by another student

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A 14-year-old junior high school boy died after being stabbed by another student at his school in central Japan on Wednesday, local police said, with an investigation under way on whether the two had been involved in some kind of altercation.

The police arrested the alleged attacker, also 14. He has admitted to stabbing his schoolmate, Yuzuki Ito, at around 8 a.m. at Jushiyama junior high school in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, and the police said they confiscated a 20-centimeter-long kitchen knife that was used in the attack.

The suspect allegedly stabbed Ito in the stomach with the intent of killing him, the police said, adding he was rushed to a hospital, where his death due to hemorrhagic shock was confirmed at around 10:30 a.m.

The police arrived at the scene after receiving a call from a teacher reporting that two students were involved in an altercation. The teacher rushed to the scene after hearing a scream, and grabbed the boy who seemed to have attacked Ito.

The stabbing took place in a hallway outside a classroom. Other students were arriving at the school when the incident took place, the local education board said. The two students were not in the same third-year class at the school and belonged to different extracurricular clubs.

However, they were in the same class during the second year and went to the same elementary school, according to the education board.

No injuries were reported among other students and teachers.

According to the board, the knife seized from the scene did not belong to the school, with the police believing the suspect may have brought the weapon in.

The board said it was not aware of any trouble between the two boys and will establish an independent committee to ascertain what led to the incident.

At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Takumi Okuyama, head of the board, said he is deeply saddened over the situation.

The father of a 15-year-old female student, who is also in the third year, said he contacted the school to ask about the incident, but was told it cannot respond.

"I am worried about the mental health of students who witnessed the incident," he said.

According to the board, there were 138 students enrolled at the school as of Nov. 1, of which 47 were in the third year.

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I hope this kind of thing won't become the next "trend" just like the train stabbing spree that started a month a go which the media festively highlighted in their respective platform.

19 ( +24 / -5 )

Has the time come to start putting scanners or metal detectors in troubled schools? it works as deterrence.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

I really wonder what they teach them nowadays all day long. We still were taught to value all other life and to prefer to use brain and arguments instead of muscles and deadly violence. Not that we also all weren’t pure angels or didn’t quite stupid mess sometimes, but never near to such a lethal level and in numbers.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Stupid corona life taking its toll, driving the mentality unstable even more insane. RIP poor boy!

-17 ( +9 / -26 )

And I like the photograph of all the bloodsuckers and paparazzi waiting to photograph anything "newsworthy."

NOT!

The media has some responsibility in this kind of incident too!

16 ( +22 / -6 )

There was a stabbing at a JHS school I worked in back in the 1990s, thankfully non-fatal.

This isn't the first and won't be the last, but we don't need absurd knee-jerk responses like metal detectors.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

I've always wondered why a gun shot or stabbing to the stomach would result in death. People survive worse and more messy incidents.

-23 ( +1 / -24 )

Ubesh… often loss of blood as a lot of internal bleeding that can not be stopped until they are opened up in the surgery ward.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Trouble is he will be free in a couple of years

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Time for metal detectors and security guards at school entrances.

-15 ( +0 / -15 )

The elementary school my kids go to ..My kids told me many of their class mates watched Squid Games and such like and my 3rd year daughter was threatened by another female class mate who said she would stab her.

Parents need to be controlling what young minds are watching coz Squid Games isn't appropriate for elementary school kids.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

"I am worried about the mental health of students who witnessed the incident," he said.

I'd be worried too, but obviously (IMO) there is a mental health problem in this country that isn't so much related to people witnessing these incidents, but with the people causing them.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

There could be any number of causes, not just a random stabbing, such as a long-suppressed violent reaction against a bully. I’m holding off on judgment just yet.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

As someone involved in schools, this really breaks my heart.

Many people who work and go to School there will be scarred from this.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

We have zero information as to why this happened and people here are already putting the blame in one of the following:

The train stabbing spree. Squid Game. Coronavirus. The media. Bullying.

RIP Yuzuki Ito.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

I hope the attacker will get professional help. There is no explanation why this happened so i won't judge based on assumptions.

As a father of a 14 year old, all i can do is contribute in support.

I don't know why most people comments are without any dignity and just make assumptions.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Gross assumptions, ludicrous advice - it is a single incident, unknown as to the underlying reason.

Violence has a pattern, which has almost absolutely naught to do with Squid Games or SARSCoV-2. Nor is imitative violence typical.

It mostly has to do with home-life, socio-economic status and other specific factors.

Let alone is there any reason to install metal detectors.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The stabbing took place in a hallway outside a classroom. Other students were arriving at the school when the incident took place, the local education board said. The two students were not in the same third-year class at the school and belonged to different extracurricular clubs. People can say what they want to say but I will make this statement, BULLYING was a part of why this happened. Most kids as we have come to known respect one another. Whenever there is a quarrel among the students 90% of the times it involves bullying. Read between the lines, these two kids are the same age. However, they were in the same class during the second year and went to the same elementary school. There is more to this because why would a kid bring a knife to school to stab is classmate it doesn't make sense, and then ADMIT he intended to kill him. This means there was some deep hatred and bullying is usually the primary cause for a kid to go that far, especially when no one listens. We don't yet if the parents were involved and told the school board BUT......

*The board said it is not aware of any trouble between the two boys and will establish an independent committee to ascertain what led to the incident. Now ask yourself of all the bullying incidents we have read about how many times have the school board formed a committee with RESULTS? *Of course the school board would make such profound statement because when a student is bullied they never do anything about it, not only is Bullying systemic in schools, it is in the work place.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Violent video games, violent movies, violent manga, violent news, violent society, violent parents.

Some susceptible kids might just turn......violent.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Parents need to be controlling what young minds are watching coz Squid Games isn't appropriate for elementary school kids.

It al depends on how you educate your kids I grew up playing Mortal Kombat and believe me I have never felt the need to rip someone's heart off their trunk. I watched the Squid Games with my 2nd and 5th grader and they know it's fiction, kids aren't idiots.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

"I am worried about the mental health of students who witnessed the incident," he said.

While I am sure that is true, does he have any worry for the family of the deceased?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Maybe the perpetrator was being bullied or threatened by the victim...just speculation.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

It's funny to see people mentioning a modern TV show for adults as relating to this issue....

There are decades worth of anime and live action video that have junior high students trying to kill each other. In a way, it has always impressed me that Japan is so opposite to the popular media that originates from there.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Maybe the perpetrator was being bullied or threatened by the victim...just speculation.

Or maybe the perpetrator was bullying the victim, and escalated it up even further.

The only thing we can say from this story is that we don't have enough information to draw ANY conclusions.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Another fatal stabbing? This time among kids? This is starting to spiral out of control in Japan. The government really needs to address this issue ASAP.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Very sad. Wonder if this will be attributed to bullying.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Alwaysaskingwhy

Very sad. Wonder if this will be attributed to bullying.

No information given about this but I too think there is a good chance of that.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

My heart goes out to the parents and family of the murdered lad. This is very sad and needless violence.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Why are such cases happening in Japan???

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Being it was a kitchen knife I wouldn't be surprised if the deceased was bullying the other kid who sadly snapped and have this tragic outcome.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

My heart goes out to the parents and family of the murdered lad. 

beat me to it

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I feel so sad reading this. Parents please always ask your kids if the feel comfortable at school both with mates and the administration. This must be as a result of bullying. My condolences to the family

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I feel so sad reading this. Parents please always ask your kids if they feel comfortable at school both with mates and the administration. This must be as a result of bullying. My condolences to the family

2 ( +3 / -1 )

computer game generation when most cool guy is one who "kills" most of zombies etc...with combination of "nice education and care " from parents and highly likely some mentall ilness...

recently so many similar stories with knife attacks here and there.

metal detectors at schools may be a good idea?better be safe than sorry...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Could be that the victim was actually a bully, and the the other kid had just had enough. That immediately what came to mind. That in itself is very upsetting.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The biggest tragedy in all this is that the murderer will not be charged as an adult, despite the intent to kill, and his success in doing so. He will go to a reformatory for a few years, tops, and that's it -- free as a bird.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The biggest tragedy in all this is that the murderer will not be charged as an adult,

Presumably because he isn't an adult.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Ah_so

The biggest tragedy in all this is that the murderer will not be charged as an adult,

Presumably because he isn't an adult.

Seems to me the point of the comment was that in other countries minors can be charged as adults, but not in Japan. Did you miss that?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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