Gun ownership by the public is quite rare in Japan, and so it was not at all surprising that a student brought a gun to school because he thought it was a model. The student’s teacher also thought it wasn’t real, and one can imagine his surprise when he “test fired” the real gun and it promptly went off, the bullet fortunately hitting a chair and not harming anybody.
The incident happened at a school in Shime, Fukuoka Prefecture. The teacher had noticed that one of his male students had brought something that appeared to look like a gun. According to police reports, the boy had told other students that “I’ve brought something that my father was keeping.” According to police and to the school, it was assumed that the boy had brought a fake gun to school. The teacher then took the item off the boy for safekeeping, and an incident occurred on November 23 where the gun was accidentally fired. The teacher didn’t initially believe that it could be the real thing, and stored it in the staff room, where the accidental firing happened. Details have not been given on the accidental firing, other than the fact that the weapon was in the hands of a 25 year old instructor when it went off, but most of us will be able to assume what happened, judging from the admission that the teachers did not believe it was a real gun in the first place.
Fukuoka prefectural police have arrested the 41-year-old father of the boy who brought the revolver, investigative sources said Monday. Takaki Wakisaka, a food establishment owner in Shime, had been taken in police custody for suspicion of possessing a revolver and several bullets in violation of the Firearms and Swords Control Law. The police are now investigating how Wakisaka acquired the weapon. They have not disclosed whether he has admitted the charge or not.
[via Japan Crush]
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