Chiba teacher arrested for threats to 'blow up government buildings' because of Saturday classes
rocketnews24.com -- Aug 21
On 19 July the Noda City department of the Chiba Prefectural Police announced the arrest of 49-year-old elementary school teacher Masaki Yabusaki on charges of intimidation.

The suspect had allegedly sent around half a dozens emails to the Noda Board of Education with oddly-worded threatening remarks such as "I will blow up bad guys and their government buildings" if they didn't rescind a decision to extend the school week to include Saturday classes introduced this year.

Yabusaki reportedly confessed to the charges but no explosives were found in his home during the investigation. The suspect who once served as the school's curriculum coordinator allegedly sent around six emails to his board of education with various threatening remarks.

Among the messages' grievances are "There's no way to recover when you're working until Saturday" and "All that can be done on Sunday is sleep." These complaints were followed by threats of violence such as "On behalf of the faculty of Noda, I will blow up bad guys like you and your government buildings. I'm ready." Even in Japanese the wording seemed pretty immature for a teacher nearing his fifties.

千葉県野田市の公立小中学校で実施されている土曜日授業の中止を求め、同市の教育委員­会に脅迫状を送付したとして、市立小学校教諭の藪崎正己容疑者(49)が逮捕された。­8月19日の警察発表によると、藪崎容疑者は2014年7月12日から14日にかけ、­「土曜授業をやめなければ、お前らのような悪い連中を市の庁舎ごと吹き飛ばす」などと­書かれた文書を郵送した疑いがもたれている。野田市では2014年度から公立小中学校­で月2回の土曜授業を導入しており、文書には「負担が増える」「体調を崩している教職­員が増えている」といった不満が書かれていた。調べに対し、容疑を認めているという。
News sources: rocketnews24.com, TomoNews
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