Teen admits killing mother, grandmother in response to ‘harsh discipline’: police


A Hokkaido teenager suspected of killing her mother and grandmother said she wanted to escape after they “harshly disciplined” her, police investigators said Thursday.

The 17-year-old high school student allegedly stabbed her mother, 47, and grandmother, 71, with a kitchen knife at their home in the town of Namporo, Hokkaido, early Wednesday. She was arrested later in the day.

The girl admitted to the allegations after initially denying them and did not express remorse, the investigators said.

Police say the bodies of the mother and grandmother were found face down in separate bedrooms with multiple stab wounds in the neck and chest.

The police quoted the student as saying she “wanted to get out of her current situation.”

Neighbors said the parents were known to be strict ever since she entered elementary school, making her do household chores such as clearing snow and walking the dog, rather than letting her play with friends.

Police suspect the teen’s frustration built up to the point that she attacked the pair while they were asleep.

Local media outlets initially reported the names of the slain but began withholding their identities after the teen’s arrest.

Information from the girl led to the discovery of a knife thought to be the murder weapon, in a park less than 5 km from the house.

The bodies were found by the teen’s 23-year-old sister when she returned from work at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

  • rossdorn

    It could be very interesting to have a public discussion where “harsh treatment & being very strict” cross the line into “child abuse”….

  • Philip

    There are no details writtin in this article and there are too many factors that may have lead to her ultimate decision of killing her parents. One can only guess that she was abused. Let us also not forget that people toss around the words “child abuse” as they see fit.
    But, I would really like to know what kind of dicipline she was subjected to at home.

    • 151E

      Indeed. If her parents were known in the neighbourhood for being ‘strict’ for “making her do household chores such as clearing snow and walking the dog,” my parents would have been deemed legally unfit as guardians by such community standards, yet I like to think I turned out all right (though others may disagree). Such superficial, insubstantive reporting like this is almost worse than no reporting at all. There has to be more to the story. Do you think we will get any follow up?

      • rossdorn


        If there was any “genuine” abuse, then it might lead to criticising the tradition on how chldren are brought up in this society, which would equal criticising japanese tradition, value and culture.
        The lid has to be kept tightly on this… People might question, if the incredible amount of bullying and violence at schools is a sign of a systemic fault in the japanese upbringing of children…

        Cannot have that… never….

      • J.P. Bunny

        Agree that there should be some sort of follow up information. Was this girl really abused, or just whiny because she was taught responsibility at an early age?