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08:10 pm: 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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Date:February 16th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)


The story about the attack was in last night's paper (Wednesday, Feb. 15). It didn't say where it happened, though. The source of the story said Tokyo, but it didn't say it happened there. The story went into some gory details. It sounded terrible.
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Date:February 16th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)

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<sigh> Even in a society without guns, people manage to hurt each other.
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