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July 01, 2005

Student Arrested in Knife Attack

One of the main stories on the national news last night was the arrest of a 17-year old high school boy for the attempted murder of a classmate. The 12th-grade boys are both in the English Course at the Kokusai (International) campus of Meitoku Gijuku High School, a prestigious school in Tosa, Kochi Prefecture. The boy, considered a capable and popular student, has admitted stabbing a classmate with a knife during a classroom fight, not killing him as he says he intended but leaving him seriously injured. The victim was rushed to hospital where he is said to be in serious but stable condition.

A fight broke out between the two at the end of a morning Japanese language class when the assailant sprayed his classmate from behind with a waterproofing spray. As the boys were fighting, the assailant pulled out a knife with a 7-cm blade and stabbed the other boy in the stomach and back, according to police and school officials. The student was overpowered by a teacher, who called an ambulance. The student was arrested 40 minutes after the incident.

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