Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram
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Alarm bells

Apparently there was an incident in Osaka yesterday where a 17-year-old walked into his old elementary school and stabbed three of the teachers (killing one). Today at the morning meeting, the vice-principal told the teachers to remind the students that if they see any strangers in the school without a proper guest nametag, they should immediately inform the nearest teacher. My first thought at hearing this security plan: Um...in this particular case, the *teachers* were the ones who were stabbed, thank you very much.

According to the report I read, in the Osaka school, one of the assaulted teachers managed to sound an alarm that notified others to call the police. As our vice-principal said at the meeting, our school doesn't have such an alarm.

This isn't the first such incident Japan has had. They've been happening for quite a while, at least since I was in Niigata. Every time it happens, all the schools talk about safety precautions...which generally amount to making sure visitors wear guest passes.

Other than that, today was pretty uneventful. I had my last class with the first-year students. After this, they'll be gone on the ski/snowboard trip, and the week after that they'll be taking grammar classes instead of my communication class.
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