Vigilante Hammers Suicide School Principal

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A boy has been arrested for using a hammer to attempt to dash out the brains of the headteacher who oversaw fatal bullying and subsequent cover-up at his Shiga school, in a rare case of violent vigilante action.

The 19-year-old Saitama prefecture student travelled all the way to the Shiga prefecture school at the centre of the recent suicide bullying scandal.

Once there he located the 65-year-old principal implicated in the scandal at his office, and proceeded to attempt to beat him to death with a hammer.

The principal suffered a minor head wound from a hammer blow before the boy was subdued by other staff and handed over to police.

He has been charged with attempted murder, a charge he freely admits:

“He tried to cover up the truth about the bullying, I could never forgive this. I thought I’d try to kill him.”

Ironically enough, as a 19-year-old he will likely only be tried as a juvenile and so will probably suffer the same kind of lenient treatment as the boys responsible for hounding their schoolboy victim to his death.

Acts of vigilantism are practically unheard of in Japan (or at least those involving physical violence – anonymous campaigns of harassment are all too common), and the worst the school previously suffered was minor property damage and fake bomb threats, making attempted murder of the teachers responsible an unusually abrupt escalation.

Although some mild disapproval over the attack is evident online, many would clearly like to see the teachers get a taste of their own medicine and so have gleefully been turning the school’s own excuses back on it:

“They were just messing around!”

“An arrest is taking things too far for this sort of rough play.”

“They were just playing at pro-wrestling.”

“I believe this principal had certain family problems.”

“He’s just staging this to attract attention.”

“Whether there was an attack will need to be established through a questionnaire.”

“It is not clear that there was any connection between his wounds and this assault.”

“His attacker is a youth so we must consider his human rights.”

“Who’ll take responsibility if his assailant commits suicide?”

“I expect the principal did not expect to encounter bullying at this time of life. Perhaps he’ll know what it’s like now.”

“Bully goes on continuously day after day for months – there’s no way a single attack would make him understand.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Boy used HAMMER BLOW!
    It's not very effective.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wonder if the Police merely told the Principal “it’d be best for you to forget about this as soon as possible” and that “the offender is 19 so even if we did press charges not much is likely to happen,”

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    At last someone in japan has balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They should also attempt to have the principal go through "voluntary resignation" in order to prevent anymore "regrettable" incidents that disrupts the school's daily life >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dear God, the 2ch comments were fucking hilarious

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I HOPE SO, damn that teacher deserves being hammered, I only regret not being able to see his damn face when he saw how people REALLY hate the dude. You don't see that JERK ISHIHARA did nothing like that, that's why everyone hates him.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    00:05 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    minor injuries. a shame that is.

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    Comment by Erranty
    01:38 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Next time go for the spine?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Except the principal has none.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    First witty comment of the month, have some kudos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hammer to the groin would have been a critical hit.

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    Comment by Kixiv
    09:55 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bravo.

    Avatar of Neat Hedgehog (2009/11/8 - 2014/03/06)
    06:55 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... the kid was only 19, so maybe the target was taller. Kidney shot or kneecap swipe followed by head swing might have been more productive, in that case.

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    Comment by Erranty
    11:01 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could always aim for the lower back and make him a paraplegic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All that matters though was that the boy was clearly intent on fucking murdering him.

    I said this before in previous article about this, but I'll say it again.

    Authorities need to do something about the perpetrators and their accomplices in this case if they do give a shit. Otherwise, common folks will take matters into their own hands.

    Or hey, I don't know. Maybe we need to wake up one morning and see a headline in newspaper saying 'BULLIES' ENTIRE FAMILY DECAPITATED BY RAGING MOBS' to make them give a shit?

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    Comment by Shadow C
    00:20 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They were playing "construction worker"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    its unfortunate he couldnt complete his good deed before going to jail

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like he failed his mission if he was "subdued by other staff". I assume he just charged in with the hammer while in full view of everyone and managed to get one swing at him before being jumped on by all of them. What he SHOULD have done was to 1st acquire the uniform of the school and ask that teacher for help with homework or something in a classroom after school. After he sits down, chat for a while before asking to go the toilet or getting a drink and THEN go for the kill while he is still sitting down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was 19 years old. Do you think you could fool a teacher who's seen thousands of students bellow his age?

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    Comment by uber phallas
    00:08 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Violence - the best wake up call for the ignorant and stubborn people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

    -Tommy J.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    patriotism is the virtue of the vicious according to oscar wilde

    -sean connery

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And idiots. Lots and lots of idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The real victim here is the 19 year old who had to suffer all these media attention for be a hero. If they didn't get involved, this would be nothing at all!

    Why did they have to get the police involved now of all times?

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    Comment by B.M.Hooper
    16:53 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    “The media are just stirring things up too much.
    Nobody even recognises the suicide caused this hammering in any case, so the reporting is all wrong.”

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I just love the reactions of people online

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    Comment by Akuserator
    23:36 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    At least someone is attempting to clean up the mess.

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    00:08 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    At least there is some sense of justice left in a few japanese. Its not the best way, but if the police behave like total wimps...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he had a degree, a better way would be to actually join the police and start acting from there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Didn't you know police in Japan is just glorified yakuza? The system itself is rotten...and some young fella joining the police force wanting to be an ally of justice won't be able to change shit, and would soon find himself being merely a pawn who if not play along with orders from above or work with the system, he would simply be buried one way or the other.

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    Comment by Erranty
    01:37 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hah, the police can't do anything! They're in someone's pocket no matter where you go!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Erranty

    I stopped believing that any public institution will defend my right as a citizen and human being a long time ago.

    The police in my city (which shall remain nameless, since I don't feel like talking down where I live) publicly announced that they won't investigate break-and-enters so there is no point for the public to call about it.

    They are known for using heavy and, in several instances, fatal force on unarmed people who are irate and frustrated in public. And they are very effective at giving out traffic fines.

    My personal experience with the police was in a traffic accident where I swerved into the ditch during winter. The police's first priority when getting there was to tow my car away and write me a ticket for speeding, despite not having any sign or evidence that I ever sped, and only asked if I was injured as an afterthought, when I began to call for a taxi.

    And yes, this particular city is one of the most expensive in North America...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The police is like that in every country...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @04:37
    You mean like when they unlawfully arrest and torture peaceful protesters in mobile torture facilities specifically set up for the occasion in advance (like during G8), or like when they infiltrate the ranks of peaceful protesters with disguised police as troublemakers in order to invent false charges against them (pretty much all the time)?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @03:49

    German police always made a good impression on me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    making another mess?

    sounds good to me

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sometimes, the only way to make a point is through shouting and some violence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention. "

    John Doe
    Se7en

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    Comment by Gigagaia
    23:40 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Too bad he failed at killing the principal.

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    Comment by Godot
    23:47 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They were just sparring. Nothing serious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    He most likely would have succeeded if he had a gun...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    or a knife

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Or what about a traditional Japanese double bladed scottish highlander sword?

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    Comment by Erranty
    01:36 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stab him in the neck with his own pen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chainsaws are just too mainstream.

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    Comment by Alcadias
    08:06 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @03:51

    I see what you did there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was just some harmless roughhousing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's hope he has nightmare and jump of a building in his sleepwalking, and died the same way as victim of the bully...

    Comment by Char
    01:22 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It's hammer time!

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    Comment by Benoist
    08:52 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "can't tou... - oh hell, yes !" *bash*

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or perhaps a "Hammer Session"?





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