Boy to be charged after video showing attack on teenage Syrian refugee

Boy to be charged after video showing attack on teenage Syrian refugee

Boy to be charged after video showing attack on teenage Syrian refugee

Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, U.K., November 28, 2018.

Police are investigating a report of a "racially-aggravated assault" against a 15-year-old boy after a violent video was widely shared on social media.

Tasnime Akunjee, the family's lawyer, said an attack on the boy's 14-year-old sister was filmed on Tuesday morning.

Bailey McLaren has identified as the 16-year-old teenager that can be seen "waterboarding" a 15-year-old Syrian refugee classmate named Jamal at Almondsbury High School in Huddersfield, England.

"I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem". Sometimes I say to my dad, "I don't want to go to school anymore".

West Yorkshire Police said the incident had taken place on October 25 and that they were investigating a report of racially-aggravated assault.

Mohammed Tahir, who set up the crowdfunding page for the bullying victim, said he had been overwhelmed by the support it had received.

"I don't feel safe at school".

Within hours of the video being shared, a fundraising page for Jamal was launched which has so far raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Syrian refugee.

The incident took place on October 25 and has been subject to a thorough investigation, according to West Yorkshire police.

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Another donor, Simon Porter, said: 'Syrian refugee children who have fled a war torn country being bullied in a United Kingdom school is unacceptable'.

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".

Akunjee told CNN that the family fled from Homs in Syria to Lebanon.

It said an unconnected incident on 7 October, in which the same boy sustained a wrist injury, was investigated at the time.

Huddersfield's Labour MP Barry Sheerman has taken to social media to voice his horror, saying he had been supporting the teenager's family.

A local lawmaker called the video "absolutely shocking" and said the local government and school had taken "strong action" to address the assault.

"The incident had not previously been reported to the police but we are now liaising with the girl's family who we are continuing to support".

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. "There was no further police action and the matter was referred to the school".

In a statement, Almondbury head teacher Trevor Bowen said he wouldn't comment on the investigation but that the school does "not tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any sort". "Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given!" he wrote.


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