The household of a Syrian refugee who was ‘waterboarded’ in a faculty playground assault say they may use £130,000 in donations to maneuver to a different space.

The 15-year-old, who escaped battle torn Syria together with his mother and father and sister, has suffered two years of bullying since they arrived in Huddersfield.

Now they wish to go away the city and begin a brand new life some place else as a result of the extent of abuse has acquired an excessive amount of. 

Effectively-wishers have donated greater than £130,00 after a surprising video of an assault on the boy went viral, exhibiting him being pinned down by his attacker, and water squirted in his face.  

The bully squirts water in the victim's face as he is pinned to the floor

The bully squirts water in the victim's face as he is pinned to the floor

The surprising video reveals the second a bully grapples with the Syrian boy on the ground and squirts water in his face

The video filmed at Almondbury Neighborhood Faculty in Huddersfield sparked a nationwide outcry and an enormous outpouring of help after it was shared 1000’s of instances on social media.

Later it emerged his sister was additionally focused by bullies and had her headband ripped off in a faculty playground assault. 

The household’s lawyer says they’re ‘extraordinarily grateful’ for the quantity raised, however shall be utilizing it to maneuver out of their dwelling.

Mohammed Akunjee advised the MailOnline: ‘They are going to be utilizing this cash to relocate from Huddersfield.

The young Syrian boy was so distressed by the bullying he said he woke up crying in the middle of the night 

The young Syrian boy was so distressed by the bullying he said he woke up crying in the middle of the night 

The younger Syrian boy was so distressed by the bullying he mentioned he awoke crying in the course of the night time 

‘They do not wish to dwell there anymore, the extent of abuse the youngsters have obtained has grow to be to a lot. 

‘It’s early days on precisely the place they may relocate to, however I’ve been advising them that they want to consider that now. 

‘They now have to take inventory and recover from the shock of all of it. The kids want to maneuver on with this, and get on with their lives.’

The organiser of the web page, Mohammed Tahir, posted an replace which learn: ‘Only a fast replace. 

‘Go Fund Me has been in touch with me by way of e-mail and she is going to assist me to make sure that all the cash will get to [the victim] and his household.

The Syrian girl's headscarf is tugged at as she is shoved and falls down a grassy slope at school

The Syrian girl's headscarf is tugged at as she is shoved and falls down a grassy slope at school

The girl landed at the bottom of the slope with the much larger girl on top of her as her scarf was torn from her head

The girl landed at the bottom of the slope with the much larger girl on top of her as her scarf was torn from her head

The Syrian woman’s headband is tugged at as she is shoved and falls down a grassy slope at college

‘As that is my first time organising a Go Fund Me web page, I am unaware of the total course of however I’ve the precise assist from the precise individuals to ensure this will get to the meant individuals.

‘The help has been unreal, and I simply wish to say a large thanks to everybody who donated/shared the web page, could not have accomplished it with out you.’ 

Outraged locals to carry a protest on the faculty the place Syrian refugee was attacked

A protest in help of a Syrian refugee who was bullied at college has been deliberate for as we speak

The protest, which has been posted on social media, was set to happen this afternoon outdoors Almondbury Neighborhood Faculty in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

The put up, by Fb group ‘British Asians’, learn: ‘The scholars have been threatened to not communicate to us the protesters.

‘We want solutions and an impartial investigation into this entire story, any cowl up by the college and many others.

‘We want the help of our native and wider neighborhood in protest outdoors the college to point out our help and to demand solutions.’

The organiser of the protest, Mirban Aslam, 41, mentioned the ‘system’ had failed the Syrian refugee and his household. 

‘The protest is all about that household and safeguarding them and others on the market who may be in an identical scenario.

‘One thing must be arrange for them, the system is failing them.

‘Not simply the college system, there’s something not proper.

‘One thing must be created to assist these which might be being bullied, what else is happening on the market?’ 

 

In a heartbreaking interview with ITN, the boy advised how he was so upset and ‘ashamed’ of the assault, which occurred in October, he dreaded returning to highschool and cried himself to sleep.

He mentioned: ‘I used to be feeling unsafe in all places – even to go to the store.’

‘I used to be feeling like I could not research or do my homework.

‘I awoke at night time and simply began crying due to this downside.

‘Once I noticed everybody this video I felt ashamed of myself and why it occurred. I used to be actually upset about that.’

The household fled from the Syrian metropolis of Homs which was beneath siege from Could 2011 to 2014 following protests in opposition to dictator Bashar al-Assad. 

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The video reveals the boy dragged to the ground by his neck after which pinned down by his throat, regardless of already having his damaged arm in a forged.

The 16-year-old boy attacking him shouts: ‘I will drown you.’

He then tries to drive water from a bottle into the boy’s mouth as his sufferer struggles beneath him.

After the assault, the sufferer frees himself and calmly walks away.

Regardless of a big crowd gathering, not one of the different youngsters observe him as he walks off, alone.

‘I do not really feel protected at college. Generally I say to my dad I do not wish to go to highschool anymore,’ he mentioned to ITV.

‘I used to be upset after I got here to the UK as a result of I used to be considering my life goes to be good, my future goes to be actually good if I research at college. And I did not obtain any of that.’.

Police outside the Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire today, where the attack happened

Police outside the Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire today, where the attack happened

Police outdoors the Almondbury Neighborhood Faculty in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire as we speak, the place the assault occurred

The handwritten be aware launched by the alleged attacker by which he claimed the incident ‘was not racial’ 

Inside hours of outcry, police mentioned a boy, 16, shall be charged with assault.

Regardless of the video going viral and 1000’s of individuals being outraged, the opposite boy concerned denied being a bully.

How did the teenager get to the UK?

The household of the bullied boy are understood to have come to Britain beneath a UN resettlement programme after fleeing war-torn Syria.

They’re believed to have been dwelling within the metropolis of Homs, which has one of many highest loss of life tolls of any metropolis caught up within the battle.

It’s mentioned the boy’s family have been tortured and murdered by the Assad regime, inflicting them to flee the carnage of the nation’s civil battle.

They’re understood to have gotten into neighbouring Lebanon – the place there are a variety of huge refugee camps – from the place they got protected passage to Britain. 

In 2015, the Residence Workplace introduced plans to convey 20,000 displaced individuals from the area to the UK.

Round 550 of these have been positioned in West Yorkshire and the boy’s household are understood to have been among the many 130 despatched to the Kirklees space. 

On the time, a council spokesman mentioned:  ‘The households who’re escaping persecution in Syria have been recognized as being a few of these most in want of help.

‘The households have been relocated to the realm as a part of the susceptible individuals relocation (VPR) scheme.’

The boy claimed he had not been bullying his classmate earlier than the incident and was beforehand on ‘good phrases’ with him.

{The teenager} charged over the assault issued a handwritten assertion.

It mentioned: ‘I remorse [the incident] however want to make it clear I used to be not liable for breaking his arm, nor had I been bullying him over a time frame as has been reported,’ he wrote.

He continued: ‘The incident was remoted and happened from an altercation between us earlier that day. The incident was not racial as as much as that point we had been on good phrases.

‘I’ve now been charged with widespread assault, not racially-aggravated as has been reported.’

Nevertheless, 1000’s have flocked to help {the teenager} from Homs and bemoaned how he escaped battle solely to be abused by children within the UK.

Yesterday it additionally emerged the sufferer’s sister was assaulted at college.

The woman, who has been topic to a lot playground abuse she as soon as tried to kill herself by chopping her wrists with a shard of glass, was attacked yesterday by her tormentors.

Within the video the younger sister may be seen within the playground, carrying a shiny pink headband earlier than the assault begins.

As she stands going through one other – a lot bigger woman – one other youngster comes and pushes her from behind.

As she activates her heel the bigger woman shoves her utilizing each palms and he or she tumbles down a hill.

More than 100 Syrian refugees were brought to Huddersfield under a programme from 2015

More than 100 Syrian refugees were brought to Huddersfield under a programme from 2015

Greater than 100 Syrian refugees have been dropped at Huddersfield beneath a programme from 2015

The bigger woman runs after her and likewise tumbles as she grabs on the smaller woman’s headband.

The footage ends there however it’s claimed the woman had her headband fully torn off. 

Teenager accused of ‘water-board’ assault on 15-year-old Syrian refugee is ‘a Britain First supporter’ who has shared posts from Tommy Robinson on Fb

The schoolboy who allegedly ‘waterboarded’ a Syrian refugee on a faculty discipline shared posts from the Fb web page of EDL founder Tommy Robinson.

The 16-year-old, who can’t be named for authorized causes, additionally uploaded hyperlinks to proper wing organisation Britain First, it emerged as we speak.

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In a single he mentioned the organisation ‘do proper’ and re-posted hyperlinks to Robinson mocking burkas.

In one other put up he shared a hyperlink to an extremist weblog that threatened to ‘expose Islam’ and alleged that Muslims claimed raping white British youngsters was ‘a part of their tradition’.

He additionally shared a parody video with an actor dressed up as Adolf Hitler, titled ‘Are you fed up with being labelled ‘FAR-RIGHT’?’

One other of the posts, shared from the web page of English Defence League founder Robinson, apparently referenced feedback by Boris Johnson about Muslim girls carrying veils, learn: ‘Ought to Britain ban letterboxes due to all the difficulty they’re inflicting?’

Robinson was jailed for contempt of court docket earlier this yr after posting movies a couple of youngster grooming trial involving a bunch of Asian males from Huddersfield. He was later freed on enchantment.

West Yorkshire Police as we speak mentioned {the teenager} has been interviewed and reported for summons over the incident at Almondbury Neighborhood Faculty in Huddersfield, and can seem earlier than a youth court docket ‘in the end.’

The boy was quizzed over the footage by which the 15-year-old sufferer, whose arm is in a sling, is headbutted, then pinned down and squirted within the face with water.

West Yorkshire Police mentioned {the teenager} that includes within the preliminary video has been interviewed and reported for summons over the incident on a faculty discipline and can seem earlier than a youth court docket ‘in the end.’

The boy was quizzed over the footage by which the 15-year-old sufferer, whose arm is in a forged, is headbutted, then pinned down and squirted within the face with water. 

Mohammed Tahir, who arrange the crowdfunding web page for the bullying sufferer, mentioned he had been overwhelmed by the help it had obtained.

He mentioned: ‘I am unable to thank everybody sufficient for the beneficiant donations they’ve made.’

Mr Akunjee mentioned they’ve contacted the college and the native authority, however haven’t been given any data on what motion was being taken. 

Locals named who they claimed was liable for the assault on-line, and witnesses mentioned police have been on the teen’s home. Relations of the supposed attacker have been additionally named and obtained loss of life threats on-line.

A police presence nonetheless stays outdoors the semi-detached dwelling of the alleged bully this morning.

One van is stationed outdoors the house whereas Police Neighborhood Assist officers are patrolling the road.

A Fb account believed to belong to the boy options quite a few posts shared from the web page of English Defence League founder Robinson, actual title Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

A type of posts, apparently referencing feedback by Boris Johnson about Muslim girls carrying veils, learn: ‘Ought to Britain ban letterboxes due to all the difficulty they’re inflicting?’ 

Tobias Ellwood, Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, obtained criticism for retweeting the video of the assault on Twitter.

However final night time Mr Ellwood defended himself and mentioned he fears Britain is ‘turning into a stroll on by society the place we’re permitting house for these items to occur’.

He advised BBC Newsnight: ‘I fear that we have gotten a ‘stroll on by’ society the place we’re permitting house for these items to occur.

‘We noticed one other occasion on the 17th of September the place a feminine police officer was dragged throughout the bottom.

‘What did individuals do there? They laughed as they recorded it on social media. Vehicles drove by with out stopping. That’s completely mistaken. It is that, that I wish to problem. It is that, that I wish to change.’

The victim's family fled the Syrian of Homs which was under siege from May 2011 to 2014 following protest against dictator Bashar al-Assad

The victim's family fled the Syrian of Homs which was under siege from May 2011 to 2014 following protest against dictator Bashar al-Assad

The sufferer’s household fled the Syrian of Homs which was beneath siege from Could 2011 to 2014 following protest in opposition to dictator Bashar al-Assad

When challenged on retweeting the video, he replied: ‘You appear to be condoning this behaviour. That is completely mistaken. Anyone head-butting one other youngster. The place does this bully get these concepts from? That’s the query that all of us have to pose ourselves. Let me clarify.

‘My little boy went to pre-school. Day one and he got here again with a black eye. Once I requested how he acquired this, he mentioned he stepped in for his good friend who was being crushed up by someone else. Now I am unable to inform any guardian what they need to do with their youngsters.

‘I am unable to ask anyone what conversations ought to be had. What I am saying is we should always all ask ourselves: ‘how is it that it is turning into the norm, with social media, to document these items, discover them humorous and amusing, and stroll on by?’ That’s the piece that I wish to problem. And that is what I used to be looking for to do by truly placing it out on social media myself.

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‘Let’s get again and perceive what our values are and defend them. Let’s get again to being robust about what Britain ought to be. Let’s get again to creating certain that when children develop up they know the distinction between good and dangerous so this kind of factor does not occur.’

Why have refugees fled Homs for the West? 

Rebels and civilians withdrew from strongholds in Homs in Could 2014, surrendering to President Bashar Assad.

Town was as soon as dubbed the ‘capital of the revolution’. 

Few individuals have returned, and enormous elements of the as soon as vibrant previous metropolis have been  deserted and destroyed.

Bother within the western Syrian metropolis started to face bother in April 2011 when an enormous ‘sit-in’ protest within the metropolis’s mains sq. in opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime was disrupted by authorities safety forces with 62 individuals killed.

In December 2011 town turned a a significant base for the Free Syrian Military and it got here beneath siege by the Syrian Military and Hezbollah for 3 years, with frequent bombing and shelling assaults in opposition to the militants. 

In December 2016 than 2,000 rebels and their households started leaving the final insurgent-held space within the metropolis following a number of years of fight after reaching a ceasefire with the federal government.

Regardless of this, no less than 32 individuals have been killed and 90 injured in two bomb explosions within the Zahra district in the course of town days later, with ISIS claiming accountability for the assaults.

Homs has one of many highest loss of life tolls within the battle, with the Syrian Martyrs group predicting greater than 17,000 deaths within the metropolis, not together with authorities forces. 

‘You are proper to say the vigilantes. They’re arguably as dangerous because the bullies themselves, and have taken these issues into their very own palms. And also you’re additionally proper to say I hope the vast majority of us don’t take part on this behaviour. The purpose although is, if the vast majority of us stroll on by, we’re ignoring the issue. We have to personal the issue and remedy this. We are able to solely do this if we transfer on from this stroll on by society.’

The footage was referred to as ‘heartbreaking’ by presenter Jeremy Vine.

He mentioned on Twitter: ‘I am making an attempt to withstand naming the bully on this movie. Extra essential, is it potential to do something for the sufferer?

‘A Syrian refugee who already had a damaged wrist, apparently from an identical assault. Heartbreaking.’

Barry Sheerman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield, mentioned he has been supporting {the teenager}’s household.

‏He mentioned: ‘Video of assault in opposition to one in every of my constituents completely surprising.

‘Have been supporting the household because it was first dropped at my consideration.

‘Perceive from council that the college have taken robust motion.

‘Can be following up to make sure all obtainable help is being given!’ 

Head instructor of Almondbury Neighborhood Faculty Trevor Bowen mentioned: ‘The protection and welfare of scholars is of paramount significance to us and this was a really severe incident.

‘We aren’t capable of remark additional as we’re supporting the police with their investigation however I wish to be clear that we don’t tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any kind in our faculty.’

In a letter to oldsters, Mr Bowen mentioned: ‘You’ll be conscious of widespread media studies about an incident which befell at school.

‘The incident occurred on our Fernside web site quite a lot of weeks in the past.

‘The protection and welfare of scholars is our primary precedence and I can guarantee you that this example is being taken extraordinarily critically.

‘The matter is topic to an ongoing police investigation and, as I’m certain you perceive, we should be guided by the authorities within the quantity of element we’re capable of present.

‘Nevertheless, I can affirm we’re working with the police to help their enquiries.

‘Because the incident occurred in October, the college, the native authority and the police have all taken motion.

‘We should enable the authorized course of to take its course, however I wish to be completely clear that we don’t tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any kind in our faculty.

‘I can even guarantee you that we’re working very exhausting to make sure it’s ‘enterprise as typical’ throughout the college and that there isn’t any disruption to the youngsters’s training.

‘The wellbeing of scholars is of paramount significance to us and a excessive degree of help is offered to anybody who may have it.’

A spokesman for Kirklees Council mentioned on Twitter: ‘A police investigation is underway into the video from a neighborhood faculty.

‘Neither us nor the college condone violence in any type and behavior like this is not going to be tolerated.’   

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