Kawasaki School Reopens after Deadly Knife Attack

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Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref., June 5 (Jiji Press)--A private elementary school in Kawasaki reopened Wednesday, eight days after pupils and parents were attacked by a knifeman while waiting for a school bus in the Kanagawa Prefecture city near Tokyo.

Attended by their parents, Caritas Elementary School children walking to school began showing up at a gate where police officers and teachers had been standing since before 7 a.m. (10 p.m. Tuesday GMT). Some of the pupils looked nervous as they passed through the gate while being greeted by teachers.

The first bus carrying students arrived at the school around 7:25 a.m. Some of the children waved to onlookers before getting off the bus.

Before resuming classes, the school, run by educational institute Caritas Gakuen, tightened security measures, including by relocating the school bus stop where the bloody incident took place to a spot in front of Noborito Station and chartering municipal buses instead of using its own vehicles.

Public buses were used to try not to remind the children of the knife attack, in which a 51-year-old man killed sixth-grader Hanako Kuribayashi, 11, and Foreign Ministry official Satoshi Oyama, 39, a parent of another pupil, and wounded 18 others, mostly children. The attacker killed himself by cutting his neck. At the time of the incident, the bus stop was located some 500 meters away from the station.

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