A student archery practicioner (15) who “accidentally” pointed his loaded bow at a fellow classmate (15), and then shot him in the face with an arrow, piercing his skull to a depth of 10cm and leaving him critically injured, is suing his former school for expelling him over the incident.
The original incident occurred when the student, whilst apparently performing repairs on his bow during lunch break, somehow mistakenly managed to loose an arrow into the face of the other student, who was promptly hospitalised.
The principal had this to add “Normally, we instruct students not to point these things at people, there’s really no excuse for us allowing someone to get injured. I want to ensure this never happens again”.
The shooter was expelled soon after. However, he protested, and took his case to court, suing the school administration in pursuit of his reinstatement.
Now the report of the incident changes: the shooter pointed the bow and arrow at the other student as a prank, and accidentally discharged an arrow into his head. The school then expelled him for “remarkably antisocial behaviour.”
The shooter alleges “It was an accident and so can’t be called antisocial, even my victim doesn’t want me expelled.” The principal refused comment, as legal action is pending.
We do not hear if the shooter has any plans to resume his archery hobby.
Throughout the article “archery” (アーチェリー) is referred to rather than kyuudou, so it’s not quite clear whether traditional Japanese style archery or Western style archery is meant, although it seems to make little difference.
The handling of the case seems either too harsh (it was an accident) or too soft (it was negligent near manslaughter)?
Though if the report in the court case of him pointing it at the other student is true, that would surely put this towards the manslaughter end of the spectrum.