United Kingdom police investigate shocking bullying incident targeting Syrian boy

United Kingdom police investigate shocking bullying incident targeting Syrian boy

Euronews contacted Almondbury Community School and in a statement, Head Teacher Trevor Bowen confirmed the incident took place at the school's Fernside site a number of weeks ago.

A video showing a Syrian refugee being attacked by fellow students at a school in the United Kingdom has gone viral on social media, prompting involvement from the local council and police department.

More than $157,000 has been raised for a Syrian refugee who was "waterboarded" by a bully at a United Kingdom school.

Speaking for the first time since the incident, the boy said: "I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem".

Following on from his comments, Tommy said in a second video that he has seen images of the girl that the Syrian refugee was involved with a gang of Muslim girls that kicked, beat and bit the English girl.

"The incident occurred on October 25 and has been subject to thorough investigation", the West Yorkshire Police said in a statement.

More than £35,000 has been raised to support the family of the victim.

"I don't feel safe at school".

The widely-shared video of the first attack prompted well-wishers to set up an online crowdfunding page for the victim which received more than £105,000 in donations over the course of a single day.


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

"The victim Jamal is a refugee in the United Kingdom who has been subject to months of bullying along with his little sister", the campaign read, adding that "his little sister has broken the lenses in her glasses and attempted to cut her own wrists in school toilets" over racist harassment.

In a statement West Yorkshire Police confirmed the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons but denies being a serial bully, will appear at Youth Court "in due course".

The family had reportedly fled Syria after relatives of the boy's family were tortured and murdered by the Assad regime, before fleeing to Lebanon and eventually being given refuge in Britain.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman tweeted, "I immediately contacted Shabir Pandor Leader of Kirklees Council on seeing this sickening video this level of violence can not be tolerated".

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

The 16-year-old claimed he had not been bullying his classmate before the incident and was previously on "good terms" with him.

"Video of assault against one of my constituents absolutely shocking". Three youths were interviewed but no further police action was taken and the matter was referred to the school.

He said: "The safety and welfare of students is of paramount importance to us and this was a very serious incident. Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given", he tweeted.

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