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TOKYO - An 11-year-old girl led a fellow sixth-grader to an empty classroom during their school lunch hour Tuesday, slit her throat and slashed arms with a box-cutter and left her to bleed to death.

 

The grisly slaying at an ordinary elementary school in southern Japan sent shockwaves through the community, leaving many asking how such a tragedy could occur.

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The body of Satomi Mitarai, 12, was found by a teacher after the girl who attacked her returned to class in bloody clothes. The teacher called police.

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Mitarai died of blood loss after being slashed in the neck and arms with a retractable knife used to cut paper and boxes, police said.

 

'I don't have a clue'

Her father rushed to Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, 650 miles southwest of Tokyo, after receiving a call that his daughter was hurt.

 

When I arrived, Satomi was already lying there collapsed. I couldnft believe what I was seeing, Kyoji Mitarai, the head of the Sasebo bureau of the Mainichi newspaper.

 

I canft put in words what Ifm feeling right now. I canft understand it at all. I donft have a clue, he said.

 

He said his daughter never spoke of disagreements with her classmates and appeared to get along well with them.

 

Authorities took the suspected attacker into custody for questioning. Police called her Girl A, in accordance with Japanese legal protections that prohibit identifying juvenile offenders.

 

Girl A had called Mitarai out of their classroom as lunch time was beginning and took her to a nearby room. In Japan, lunch is commonly eaten in classrooms.

 

'Girl A' smeared with blood

The girls; teacher said she first noticed something was wrong when the two were missing, public broadcaster NHK reported. Shortly afterward, Girl returned, smeared with blood.

 

Police said she confessed to the murder and said, sobbing, I have done a bad thing. Authorities said they have not found a motive.

 

Mitaraifs body was discovered by a teacher who called police. Emergency medical workers said they arrived to find her lying face down on the floor. She wasnft breathing and her heart had stopped, said Kazuyoshi Tominaga of the Sasebo Central Fire Department.

 

Serious juvenile crimes have become a rising concern in Japan in recent years.

 

Last July, a 12-year-old boy in Nagasaki a city just north of Sasebo was accused of kidnapping, molesting and murdering a 4-year-old by shoving him off the roof of a car garage.

 

In the same month, a 14-year-old boy was arrested for beating a 13-year-old classmate to death in Okinawa.

 

Just three years ago, lawmakers lowered the age of criminal responsibility to 14 from 16 amid public outrage over the brutal beheading of a 10-year-old boy by a 14-year-old in 1997. Last years murder in Nagasaki prompted many to wonder whether the line should be redrawn.

 

Violent juvenile crimes remain rare, however. The 1,986 heinous crimes, murder, robbery, arson and rape committed by minors in 2002 represented just 1.4 percent of all youth offences, according to the National Police Agency.

 

Japans justice system emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment for minors. The boy who beheaded the 10-year-old in 1997 was freed from custody in March at age 21.

 

Students to get counselling

Education officials said schools would be offering students counselling after the Sasebo slashing.

 

Doctors and school counsellors will offer help if needed, said Koichi Tsurusaki, the head of the Sasebo Education Committee. Many asked for help after last years Nagasaki incident, so we would like the counsellors to direct the response.

 

Satomifs father said he would continue to seek an explanation.

 

I donft know what went on between the two. She is the same grade in school as my daughter, so I donft know how much she understands, he said. But when things settle down, I would like for her to explain what happened

 

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5110933/

 

---UPDATE-Jun 04, 2004: 02:22---

 

Internet blamed for Japan school killing

Girl, 11, told police she stabbed classmate over Web site messages

Updated: 4:56 a.m. ET June 03, 2004TOKYO - Japanese media have turned to the Internet as a culprit in the shocking killing of a 12-year-old girl by her classmate this week, as trouble over messages posted on a Web site emerged as a possible motive.

 

The 11-year-old girl who killed Satomi Mitarai by slashing her throat at their primary school in southern Japan on Tuesday told police she killed her friend because she was angry about a message posted on a Web site, newspapers said.

 

Media reports on Thursday said both girls had their own Web sites and took part in online chat rooms, the use of which is proliferating in Japan even among primary school students.

 

The Internet has already become a part of life for Japanese children. Almost all public schools have access to the Web and government data shows that over 60 percent of children aged between six and 12 use the Internet.

 

Experts say communicating via the Internet can stimulate emotional reactions and warn that users should take extra care not needed in face-to-face conversations.

 

"When you talk with your friends in the classroom, you look at their faces. So you can tell if they're serious or joking, or angry or laughing, from their expressions or tone of voice," the Internet Association Japan, a non-profit organization, says in its "Rules and Manners for Children using the Internet."

 

"But with the Internet, you can\'t hear your friends' voices or see their faces... What you wrote as a joke can make your friend angry."

 

Media said the 11-year-old had told investigators she asked Mitarai not to write messages about her appearance on an Internet bulletin board, but that her friend had refused to stop.

 

High-tech scapegoat?

Mitarai died from loss of blood after her classmate slashed her throat with a knife during the lunch break on Tuesday at their school in Sasebo, 610 miles southwest of Tokyo.

 

"I tried to blindfold her with a towel, but she refused, so I covered her eyes with my hand," Kyodo news agency quoted the girl as telling investigators.

 

Some experts, however, said the Internet was being wrongly blamed for what is the latest in a series of high-profile juvenile crimes that have shocked Japan and forced it to search for answers.

 

"It is true that the Internet can be a factor in increasing emotional reactions, but the more basic problem is that of an inability to communicate skilfully with another human being," said Tatsuo Inamasu, a professor at Tokyo's Hosei University.

 

"The reports say that the trigger was a comment on the Internet, but there must have been a lot that went before."

 

Inamasu, who specializes in media studies, also said many parents and teachers put the blame on computers as they do not understand well how to use them.

 

"I don't think we can blame computers for causing a murder."

 

The 11-year-old will appear before a family court, which could send her to a special reformatory. Children under 14 cannot be prosecuted in Japan.

 

 

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

--------------------OBSERVATION--------------------

By Katchura

 

Name: Unknown

AKA- Duo

AKA- GIRL-A

AKA- NEVADA,

AKA- SASESBOSLASHER

Gender: Female

Age: 11

Blood type: A

Favourite Animal: Cat

Favourite Sport: Basketball

Favourite Books: Battle Royal, {Zero} Hantoshimae, and Program

Most treasured item is listed as "That is a secret"

 

 

Although many news sites report that the motive for this crime was one purely one spawned from hurt pride, the minor details of her interests show a rather different view of the normal 11 year old girl known as NEVADA.

 

Of course, in order for all the readers of this to fully understand the points I will bring up in these notes, you might have to know a little background on Japanese culture.

Many Japanese who have access to the internet create their own webpage, for one reason or another, more often then not, about themselves. A fairly popular site to come across is an Idol site, where young girls will create profiles and display pictures of themselves. These sites will often have a high level of interactivity so that she can build up a fanbase. After all, girls enjoy more then anything else to feel wanted and loved. The sheer amount of Japanese Idol sites should speak for this alone, both amateur and professionally run. In fact, some profession Idols start out with personal sites, and grow in popularity from there.

 

With the radical change in hormone levels in recent generations, itfs no wonder that girls are becoming self conscious at ages as young as 10, and where better to look for acceptance then on the internet? How hard can it possibly be? Create a profile, pretty yourself up, take some decent pictures, chat with guys, and the next thing you know, you have a legion of fans. While not having the sexual motives, the sites created always have appeal to a certain type of fan. However, when someone in real-life tries to disrupt that, you might get rather upset.

 

The news tells us that NEVADA indeed had fans. Comments left by Satomi Mitarai on her site might have caused NEVADA an incredible amount of embarrassment in front of her fans, or even caused new/old fans to start saying similar things about her. Being a young as she was, she might not have been able to coup with such a surge of different emotions at the same time, and so, vented by slashing her friend Satomi Mitarai to death.

 

The details of these comments, as accurately translated as possible into English were "Heavy" or how we would say in English, fat. However, one thing is certain, and that is that NEVADA was deeper into the internet then one might first think.

NEVADA was a girl fascinated with urban legend, internet subculture, even going as far as guro. From her site she had linked shock flash movies and bizarre ASCII movies that would unnerve even the most hardened internet warriors.

 

By reading her hobbies, one starts to see the connection of her, and her fans that have such handles as gJack the Ripperh. Her profile clearly states her hobby as movies, but goes into no more detail. She praises the Battle Royal novels, and are mention more then once throughout the site. She even goes as far to write her own Battle Royal stories.

Her recipes are possibly not even food, the names of them are truly bizarre. "Shorten time, Purple Skull Curse, Teruteinafs morning dew magic and the last recipe is "Demonic art".

 

 

Her particular favourite link is the following urban legend horror flash, word of warning; these may shock or disturb you.

http://www.geocities.co.jp/SiliconValley/4358/red_room1.swf

http://nun.nu/?www.nurs.or.jp/~gatoo777/souko_gif/akai.html

 

 

Basically the story as the red_room flash is as follows. Two friends at school are talking, and one mentions a story about a website that pops up which asks \"Anata ha suki desu ka?"\ (Do you like me?) and then if you donft reply, you die. The friend, upon hearing it, decided to see if it site really existed. So when he got home, he looked it up on the internet, didn't believe it, and then went on to visit his own favourite sites... When the message suddenly pops up. He tries to call his friend, but there was no answer...

After he clicks it the first few times, it refuses to go away; however, it then starts auto clicking itself. Each time, revealing a new part of the message. \"Anata ha akai heya ga suki desu ka?"\ (Do you like the red room?). Then a website with all the names of the people killed shows up, both his friend, and his name, are at the bottom. Then, he is killed.

 

Not only is she linked to flash movies of this kind, but also has a fascination with the net culture that surrounds 2chan. More then likely, she browsed the site, including the flash, guro, and whatever else. Perhaps, in some sick twist of fate, have a direct relation to the events leading up to her murdering Satomi Mitarai. Of course, this is all speculation based on observation, nothing more.

 

Another point is that she was more then likely suffering from hikokimori syndrome, which is a growing problem in Japanese society. Itfs not hard to imagine a girl with such interests as NEVADA to feel uncomfortable around ordinary people. Certain reports state that she started to become withdrawn at school, with an increasingly isolated life, bullying classmates (knocking heads against the wall, progressing to the point of kicking and punching boys), quitting club activities and former interests to spend time chatting. Also rumors about another less serious Knife incident the May before the murder.

The psychologist analyzing this case did mention to police that there was a definite personality shift a week before the murder, however, the parents of NEVADA, both full time workers failed to notice.

 

Of course, the internet is an easy escape to find others with a common interest. It obviously became a part of her life; one only has to look at her personal site to see the girl was passionate about her interests, and opinions of others.

 

Although, saying this, she was physically active and social at one point. Some think her declined rate of social interaction was accelerated by her parents forcing her to quit the basketball team when her grades began to worsen. Being one of the few physically interactive things she enjoyed, it might have been a way for her to relieve pressure.

 

In an ironic turn of events, NEVADA has more fans now, then she did before the murder. She has become somewhat of a Guro mascot, and has dozens of artist interpretations of her. Everything from the sadistic little girl, to the shocked at her actions one, to unusual jokes about the entire event. Many of these fanarts can be found here, for those who are interested. Be warned, these might be offending or shocking.

 

http://www.shrinemaiden.com/NEVADA_Artwork/

 

What is the most intriguing, and disturbing fact of this observation, is how closely the Red Room flash movie ties into NEVADAs actions. She has created her own urban myth. Her site, the same black and red. Her love for the macabre, her interest in obscure movies, her relationship with her internet fans. A faceless, dark but alluring force that only demands one thing, only asks one simple question. Hesitate, and you shall not be forgiven.