Syrian schoolboy at centre of bullying row thanks public for support

Syrian schoolboy at centre of bullying row thanks public for support

Syrian schoolboy at centre of bullying row thanks public for support

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, Almondbury Community School headteacher Trevor Bowen said: "Since the incident occurred in October, the school, the local authority and the police have all taken action".

A viral video shows a white teen attacking a Syrian refugee classmate and "waterboarding" him - and some are condemning the school for not taking action in the month since it was recorded.

Earlier this week, footage emerged showing the 14-year-old girl's 15-year-old brother being taunted, grabbed and pushed to the ground as other students looked on.

A video of a Syrian boy being bullied and mock-waterboarded at a school in England has prompted an outpouring of sympathy, with social media users raising more than £85,000 for his family in less than 24 hours.

The teenager told ITV News on Tuesday: "I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem".

Mr Akunjee said it was another example of bullying and caused the boy's broken arm, requiring the cast seen in the video.

"Charging him yesterday morning, they think nobody is going to say anything but we want it to be investigated".

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

-Throughout the campaign I have increased the target of the funds and I will continue to do so as I feel it is important that we raise as much money as possible for the family.

A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the victim's family had received almost £120,000 worth of donations by Thursday morning.

Asked he was reassured by the meeting, he said: "The reassurance is that we've had a frank discussion with them and the police are now involved".

"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.

Officers said he had been interviewed and reported for summons over the incident on a school field and will appear before a youth court 'in due course'.

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

The local member of parliament for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, pledged his support for the victim.

He tweeted: "Have been supporting the family since it was first brought to my attention".

"The incident occurred on 25 October this year and has been subject to thorough investigation since it was reported to us the day after".

He said: "It is not just the police, it is the school themselves".

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.

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