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A 14-year-old junior high school student died after being stabbed Wednesday by another student at his school in Aichi Prefecture, local police said, and an investigation is underway on whether the two had been involved in an altercation.

The police arrested the alleged attacker, also 14. He has admitted to stabbing his schoolmate, Yuzuki Ito, the police said. The police said they confiscated a 20-centimeter-long kitchen knife that was used in the attack.

The suspect allegedly stabbed Ito in the stomach at around 8 a.m. at Jushiyama Junior High School in the city of Yatomi, with the intent of killing him, the police said.

Ito was rushed to a hospital, where his death due to hemorrhagic shock was confirmed at around 10:30 a.m.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call from a teacher reporting that two students had been involved in an altercation. The teacher rushed to the scene after hearing a scream, and grabbed the boy they believed had attacked Ito.

The stabbing took place in a hallway outside a classroom. Other students were coming to school when the incident took place, the board of education said. The two students were not in the same third-year class at the school and belonged to different extracurricular clubs.

However, they were in the same class during their second year and went to the same elementary school, according to the police and the education board.

No injuries were reported among other students and teachers.

According to the board, the knife seized from the scene did not belong to the school, with the police believing the suspect may have brought the weapon in.

The board said it was not aware of any trouble between the two boys and will establish an independent committee to ascertain what led to the incident.

At a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, Takumi Okuyama, head of the board, said he is deeply saddened over the situation.

The father of a 15-year-old female student, who is also in the third year, said he contacted the school to ask about the incident, but was told the school is unable to respond.

“I am worried about the mental health of students who witnessed the incident,” he said.

According to the board, there were 138 students enrolled at the school as of Nov. 1, of which 47 were in the third year.

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