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Student Throws Explosive into Classroom

Friday, June 10, 2005 Posted: 07:12 PM JST

An 18-year-old male student at a high school in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture threw a bottle with a mixture of gunpowder, probably fireworks, and something else into a classroom at about 10 am today. News reports give conflicting reports of the number of injured, citing 57 to 58 students.

One student sustained serious injuries, others were slightly injured. Twelve were hospitalized. Only about 35 students were in the classroom at the time of the incident, but students from different classes were taken to hospital for shock.

According to the school's head teacher, the boy belonged to an other class. He was quiet, serious and always on time. The head teacher believed that there was no bullying involved, but the boy has told police he had been bullied and held a grudge against one of the male students in the class.

The student, who is now being questioned by police, threw the bottle from the hall on the second floor into the classroom. He reportedly made the explosive device by himself.

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