Boy to face charges in court over video of Syrian refugee being bullied

Boy to face charges in court over video of Syrian refugee being bullied

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A 16-year-old boy is to be charged with assault after footage was spread on social media apparently showing a Syrian refugee aged 15 being bullied at a school in Huddersfield.

The video showed a 15-year old boy, being named as Jamal on social media, with his arm in a cast and being dragged to the floor by another boy.

The boy was then held down while water from a bottle was forced into his mouth.

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

"He will appear at Youth Court in due course.

“The incident occurred on 25 October this year and has been subject to thorough investigation since it was reported to us the day after. The victim and his family are receiving ongoing support from police and other agencies.”


'Schools are one of the most unsafe places' 

Alex Holmes, the Deputy CEO of Diana Award, which runs an anti-bullying programme, said that incidents like the one seen in the video are seen “all the time”.

Mr Holmes told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We run the largest school anti-bullying programme and we see this all the time.

“Our figures suggest that almost half of young people at some point in their education face bullying.

“That is really sad particularly because as a child you spend 11,000 hours of your life in full-time education.

“If one of those hours is not safe or happy, you do remember it for the rest of your life.

“Sadly we are seeing schools as one of the most unsafe places in the country.  

“There is a lot about the internet being a scary place but when you listen to young people, what happens day-in-day-out in schools is really shocking.”