Teacher stabs girl pupil to death
A Japanese teacher stabbed to death a 12-year-old girl today in the country's third killing of a school girl in less than three weeks, police said.
Yu Hagino, 23, was arrested at the murder scene as he called police after killing Sayano Horimoto at a cram school run by Kyoshin Co. Ltd. in the western Japan city of Uji, local police said.
"The suspect has said he stabbed the pupil with a knife after having a verbal dispute with her," a police spokesman said.
Kyoshin president Sadaaki Tachiki offered "a heartfelt apology" at an emergency news conference at the company headquarters in Kyoto.
Horimoto was believed to have been armed with a hammer and two knives and to have cut off the wiring of the classroom monitoring system before killing the girl, the Jiji Press news agency said.