11-year-old killer left cry for help in poems posted on the Internet

Kyodo

The 11-year-old girl who has admitted killing her classmate at an elementary school in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, had posted messages on her Web site pleading for help, investigative sources said Saturday.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, wrote a poem in her Internet diary in February saying she was in “despair” and that “agony dominates” her life. In another poem, she wrote: “Is there a God? Please help.”

The six-grader at Okubo Elementary School has said she killed Satomi Mitarai, 12, because Mitarai had posted derogatory messages on an Internet bulletin board. The girl slashed Mitarai’s neck with a paper cutter Tuesday during lunch break.

The sources said the girl closed the curtains in the study room where she killed Mitarai just before she slashed her neck.

The Sasebo branch of the Nagasaki Family Court will examine the girl’s writings on the Web site along with other material to determine whether to hold a juvenile trial, the sources said.

The girl has told investigators that Mitarai said she was “heavy” when Mitarai gave her a piggyback ride. She said Mitarai posted messages about her weight on the bulletin board after this incident, the source said.

Police believe these events and other messages posted on the Internet led the girl to build up harsh feelings toward Mitarai, they said.