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Posted: 6/7/2001 8:17:38 PM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010607/tCB00V2499.html Thursday, June 7, 2001 Man Kills Four at Japanese School Associated Press Writer TOKYO--A man armed with a knife forced his way into a school in western Japan on Friday and stabbed at least 26 people, killing at least four children, fire department officials said. Tetsuo Higashimoto said two children were killed immediately, and another two died at hospitals shortly after. Police official Toshihiko Ajisaka said 23 children and three teachers were injured in the attack. Police officials said the stabbings occurred shortly after classes began at the elementary school in Osaka, in western Japan. They said the attacker, a 37 -year-old man, was arrested at the scene, but was also injured and taken to a local hospital. The attacker was identified by police as Mamoru Takuma. The school's principal, Hisao Yoshiuchi, said details of the attack were sketchy. He said there might have been more than one attacker, but had no further information. "We haven't confirmed how many were injured yet," he said. National broadcaster NHK reported that the attack occurred during a recess. It said most of the victims appeared to have suffered minor injuries. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack. Nearly 700 children attend the school where the attack occurred. The mass stabbing is the latest in a recent surge of crimes in Japan. A 7 -year-old boy playing in a schoolyard in western Japan was fatally stabbed by a teen-age assailant in December 1999. In August last year, a teen-ager was arrested for stabbing to death three members of a neighbor's family. Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 11:24:30 PM EDT
they sure need to ban those deadly knifes it suure worked for guns like england and astreula (yeah i know i cant spell)
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 11:27:31 PM EDT
Dammit!!! BAN ALL KNIVES AND POINTED STICKS NOW!!!!!!! The death toll seems to have jumped up a bit. I keep forgeting that it is tomorrow over there. http://news.iwon.com/home/news/news_article/0,11746,133804|top|06-08-2001::01:36|reuters,00.html
Link Posted: 6/7/2001 11:40:53 PM EDT
It was a 6" kitchen knife. [url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20010608/aponline024850_000.htm[/url] I think we should just ban these cheep 6" Saturday night special kitchen knives.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 12:29:40 AM EDT
Yeah, and if someone had been CCW licensed he would have been anchored in his tracks. Preaching to the choir, preaching to the choir . . .
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 12:41:28 AM EDT
Katana's and swords should be banned also. Someone does not need one of these to protect thier family and you dont hunt with them. Six
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 12:44:15 AM EDT
Just goes to show how well guncontrol works. You can't control a madmans action, however a .45 230 gr. JHP would have ended it. Choir sing with me..... Kuiper
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 12:58:19 AM EDT
Looks like Japan should seek the help of HCI's sister organization, "The coalition to ban steak knives". I'm sure this article will be buried somewhere near the back of my local paper.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 1:18:54 AM EDT
What was it that the anti-gun weenies are always saying? "You don't hear about mass knifings" and "You can run away from a person with a knife." This guy had a higher casualty ratio than those last 2 incidents in San Diego combined.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 1:21:17 AM EDT
Death from the attack is now eight children. Another AP story said that youth crime and crime in general in Japan is at an all-time high.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 2:43:28 AM EDT
Knives over 2" outside the home are already illegal in Japan. I suggest a world wide day of knife burning.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 3:12:43 AM EDT
"Knives over 2" outside the home are already illegal in Japan." Well, that law certainly worked, didn't it...? [frag]
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 3:22:03 AM EDT
Think that 23 children and 3 teachers could rush him and kick his ass!
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 4:28:28 AM EDT
Knife register time!
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 6:06:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR_Rifle: Knife register time!
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Actually they probably have to serial number first, and then ban or regulate them. I believe that "assualt knives" are banned in Canada. It is unfortunate the Japanese actually believe all of the hype that their society is the best, etc with gas attacks and knife. The Japanese society is probably safer than that of the U.S., but how do you defend yourself against random acts of violence? The $64,000 question.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 6:11:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Sixgun357: Katana's and swords should be banned also. Someone does not need one of these to protect thier family and you dont hunt with them.
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Umm...in Japan swords ARE banned. Private citizens aren't supposed to have them. Makes you feel safer already, don't it? [sniper]
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 6:13:50 AM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010608/tCB00V2648.html Friday, June 8, 2001 Man Kills 8 Students at Japan School Associated Press Writer OSAKA, Japan-- In Japan's worst mass-killing since a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways six years ago, a man brandishing a knife burst into an elementary school on Friday and slashed nearly two dozen people, killing at least eight children. The 37 -year-old attacker was subdued by two male teachers and arrested immediately after the stabbings in this western city. Police said he once worked as a janitor at an elementary school in a nearby city, and has an arrest record. Two of the children died at the scene and the other six died at the hospital, said fire department spokesman Tetsuo Higashimoto. Fifteen others -13 children and two teachers -were injured, and eight remained in serious condition late Friday, said Masatsugu Yoneda, another Fire Department official. Officials had earlier said 21 people were injured, but revised that down to 15, apparently because not all children taken to hospitals were actually slashed. Children described the attack as 10 minutes of sheer terror. An unidentified schoolgirl, talking to Japanese reporters, said that during the attack, one of the students managed to somehow get onto the school's public address system. "There was a shriek," the girl said. "Then I heard a cry for help." Other students said they saw teachers and hallways spattered with blood. The slashing was the deadliest mass assault in Japan since a doomsday cult attacked the Tokyo subways in 1995, killing 12 people and sickening thousands. After Friday's attack, other schools in the area sent children home. The dead children -six girls and two boys -were first- or second-grade students, ranging in age from 6 to 8. "We are filled with anger over this unfortunate situation," said Kaoru Nakatani, head of Osaka Education University, which operates the elementary school. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called the attack "heartbreaking." Police said the attacker, identified as Mamoru Takuma, carried a 6 -inch kitchen knife. He was arrested at the scene, but was taken to a hospital -reportedly with self-inflicted injuries. He was turned over to police about an hour later. It was not immediately clear what motivated the crime, though national broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported the attacker may have carried out the assault after taking a high dose of tranquilizers given to him as medication. An Osaka police official said Takuma had told police that he wanted to be put to death and that he had previously tried to commit suicide. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Link Posted: 6/8/2001 6:15:18 AM EDT
PART 2 ============ Takuma was arrested in March 1999 and accused of spiking the tea of four teachers with tranquilizers at the school where he worked, but he was never prosecuted because he suffered from psychological problems, said Nobuharu Sugita, a police official in Itami, near Osaka. Media reports in the confused hours after the school attack depicted a terrifying scene, with ambulances and police cars lining the campus and hundreds of children in their school uniforms sitting in rows on the playground as other students were treated on stretchers nearby. Nearly 700 children attend the school. Police said the attacker climbed into a first-grade classroom from a verandah and began slashing children in the back of the room, and then moved into a hallway. Several children were slashed in their sides and arms as he moved into other classrooms, police said. As the attacker tussled with two teachers, school officials called police and rushed the children out to the playground. Ambulances sped onto the campus and rescue workers and police rushed to care for the injured. The attack comes as Japan grapples with a surge in violent crime. The country's strict gun laws mean most of the attacks -like Friday's -are committed with knives. Masanori Yoshida, 56, who lives nearby, said the attack was a shock in such a quiet, residential neighborhood. "This just isn't that kind of place," he said. In the minutes after the attack, a cashier at a nearby grocery said a group of terrified, bloodied children ran into the store. "I saw one of them, a boy, with blood all over his body," said Ikiyo Iriye, 23. "He had been stabbed in the back." School and juvenile violence have been rising in recent years, punctuated by a series of sensational crimes -a shock for a country that has long enjoyed lower crime rates than other developed nations. "This kind of thing should never happen," said Education Minister Atsuko Toyama. "Schools should be places where children can feel safe and secure." Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
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