Date: February 2016
Location: Greater London
Raheem, a 10 year old boy, was asked to make up a fictional character as part of an English lesson. To help develop the fictional character the teacher had asked the children to respond to some specific questions about the character, the following two are significant. Raheem named his piece ‘Cheeky Charlie’ and responded in the following way:
- What makes you feel gloomy or down-in-the-dumps? I hate it when my uncle hits me.
- What sort of place do you live in? I live in a terrorist house with my uncle.
(Source: Original Writing of 10 Year Old Boy)
Raheem and family have been interviewed and provided some startling insights into what happened:
- the next day a Social Worker and a Police Officer visited his home
- He had watched a movie where the uncle hits the boy
- the police asked about terrorism
- the police took his laptop away
- the police asked if the mosque is connected to terrorism
- the questioning was very targeted towards terrorism
A full interview with Raheem and Naheem spoke in a BBC interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07428ln
Officials have denied claims a spelling error led to a 10-year-old Muslim boy, who wrote he lived in a “terrorist house”, being spoken to by police. The family of the pupil, who attends a Lancashire primary school, claim he meant he lived in a “terraced house”.
Lancashire police have hit out at the BBC after it was reported that a 10-year-old Muslim boy was interviewed by officers over a simple spelling mistake in his schoolwork. The boy’s cousin told the broadcaster the family wanted an apology after he wrote that he lived in a “terrorist” house, meaning he lived in a “terraced” house, and the incident was reported by his school.