Japanese Student Stabbing Schoolmate Holds “Grudge” Against Victim

TOKYO, Nov 25 (NNN-NHK) – A junior high school boy, who fatally stabbed a fellow student in central Japan yesterday, said, he had trouble with the victim and held a grudge against him, local media reported today.

The alleged attacker, whose name has been withheld, as he is a minor, also told investigators that, he bought a 20-centimetre-long kitchen knife online in advance, which he is believed to have used to stab Yuzuki Ito in the stomach.

The victim, also a 14-year-old boy, who is in the third grade of Jyushiyama junior high school, in Yatomi city, Aichi Prefecture, was confirmed dead later in the day, at a hospital, due to hemorrhagic shock.

No injuries were reported among other students and teachers.

The suspect, who admitted to stabbing Ito, was arrested by the police yesterday and was sent to the prosecutors today, over the murder. The stabbing took place from in front of a hallway, outside a classroom, at around 8.00 a.m. local time yesterday, when other students were arriving.

The two students were neither in the same third-year class nor in the same extracurricular clubs at the school. However, they were in the same class during their second year and went to the same elementary school.

The father of the suspect told local media, “There is no information and I am confused. I can not say anything.”

The municipal board of education, said that, there was no mention of the two boys in its questionnaire survey last month, on bullying, and it did not know, if there was any trouble between the two.

A father of a 15-year-old female student, who is also in the third grade, said, he was worried about the mental health of students, who witnessed the incident.

– NNN-NHK

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