Police investigating attack on 'Syrian refugee' on school playing field

Cheryl Sanders
November 29, 2018

The boy is shown being dragged to the ground at a school in Huddersfield before water is poured into his face.

West Yorkshire police said in a statement that it is was aware "aware of a video showing a girl being assaulted at Almondbury Community School" and was "now liaising with the girl's family".

His father, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the BBC the attack had left his son "very exhausted psychologically".

The police said they have been investigating the 25 October incident since it happened.

The page had raised more than £31,000 (around $39,500) by Monday morning in support of the Syrian boy, who reportedly fled his hometown of Homs, which was beseiged by the Syrian regime from 2011 till 2014, with his family.

The sister of a Syrian refugee who was attacked in a widely-shared video has also been targeted by bullies, according to their family.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire police said the 16-year-old boy had been interviewed and reported for summons for an offence of assault.

"Having had his arm placed in a cast, he returned to school, only within days to be set upon again by the same group of boys who this time strangled and waterboarded him whilst video recording the incident and sharing the same to add to and publicise his humiliation".

The video of the later incident has been viewed thousands of times and attracted hundreds of comments of condemnation. I am working with Kelsey from Go Fund Me (we are in contact via email) to ensure that the money gets to them.

A Gofundme page has also been set up in aid of the victim's family, drumming up more than £35,000 in less than a day.

My friend does regular charity work in Huddersfield which involves giving food donations to refugee families.

Supporters say they are organising a peaceful protest outside the school on Thursday.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said the video of the assault against one of his constituents was "absolutely shocking". Three youths were interviewed but no further police action was taken and the matter was referred to the school.

A statement on behalf of the family told how the boy and his sister had been targeted and how the victim had suffered a broken arm after being attacked by pupils their school.

"Since the incident occurred in October, the school, the local authority and the police have all taken action", Bowen said.

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