Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Bullied Syrian refugee student won't return to United Kingdom school

Bullied Syrian refugee student won't return to United Kingdom school

West Yorkshire Police said in a statement on Wednesday that a "16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault".

My friend does regular charity work in Huddersfield which involves giving food donations to refugee families.

The incidents are being reviewed by policing authorities and an investigation into at least one of them is ongoing.

The family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said it is the boy's 14-year-old sister and she was attacked on Tuesday morning. The page also says that the victim has been subject to appalling levels of bullying for months alongside his younger sister.

It shows the 15-year-old Syrian refugee while being dragged to the floor and pinned down by his throat when the attacker started waterboarding the victim at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. "We are just talking about what we are going to do now".

Jamal, who fled the city of Homs in 2010, had previously spoken out about the bullying he had endured since arriving...

"I don't feel safe at school".

Akunjee said the couple's daughter, who attends the same school, had been bullied by another group of pupils and last week someone forcibly removed her hijab. "I just don't want anything bad to happen to anyone". Mr Aslam said: "It happened in October, the police made a decision to charge the bully yesterday morning because of this public outcry".


Image The Syrian boy was pinned to the ground and had water poured on his face

The Huddersfield videos suggest a familiar scenario, said Tracy Vaillancourt, a research chair on youth mental health at the University of Ottawa: There's the public humiliation of someone different from the group, the flock of silent bystanders - some fearful perhaps, others endorsing - and a high-status boy abusing his social power with impunity.

His father said he did not want to give interviews to waiting media but, as they left, the teenager just said "thanks for everything" before getting into a waiting vehicle.

However despite the community's support, Mr Aslam also blamed the school for failing the boy, saying other schools have plans for dealing with such an incident.

Local MP Barry Sheerman, who shared the video on Twitter, called the incident "absolutely shocking", and expressed support for the boy and his family.

The Daily Telegraph this week revealed that the boy's family are prepared to sue the school and Kirklees Council for compensation if evidence of safeguarding failures are found.

The latest incidents have received wide attention from millions of social media users across the country and globe.

Anti-racism campaigners HOPE not Hate said they were concerned about the incident, adding that prejudice in wider society can influence what happens in schools.

An online fundraising page set up to help the 15-year-old boy and his family has so far raised more than £100,000.

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