Slipknot silent over South Africa school samurai killing

Slipknot has refused to comment on reports that a teenager had been listening to the American metal band's music and dressed like them before he killed a fellow pupil in a samurai sword attack in South Africa.


Slipknot has refused to comment after a South African boy killed a fellow student, and was reportedly dressed like the band

Jacques Pretorius, 16, was stabbed to death by a masked teenager in the incident at the Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp, outside Johannesburg, dying in a pool of blood in the school grounds.

Another schoolboy, Stephan Bouwer, 18, suffered a severe head wound and two gardeners were also injured by the attacker, allegedly a pupil at the school.

Mr Bouwer told South Africa's Times newspaper that shortly before the incident he had teased the boy, calling him "Samurai Jack" because of his ninja-style garb and the three swords he was carrying.

"When he spoke it did not sound like him at all," he said. "When he took off the mask I was shocked to see it was him. He just was not the kind of person who would do something like that.

"I will never forget what happened. I will never forgive him."

The alleged attacker reportedly listened to "Satanic music" before going on the rampage, including Slipknot's work, and wore a mask similar to those they wear on stage.

A spokesman for the band at Roadrunner Records told South African media: "We've had no confirmation that it was, in fact, a Slipknot mask. The band is not going to respond."

Morne Harmse, 18, appeared in Krugersdorp magistrates' court on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident. He was remanded in custody.

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