Mother of Jewish boy referred to Prevent for saying there ‘are only two genders’ describes ‘interrogation’

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Coverage continues on the case of a 12 year-old schoolboy interrogated by Prevent counter terrorism officers after he declared there “are only two genders”…

Frederick Attenborough for the Free Speech Union reports that the school told the boy’s mother they would need to refer him to Prevent based on “somewhat implausible fears that her son, who is Jewish, was at risk of being radicalised by the Nazi-sympathising far-right”.

Prevent and Northumbria Police officers visited the boy’s family home earlier this week.

“We sat down with the Prevent officers and there was an interrogation,” the boy’s mother said, adding that “[t]hey had an attitude of ‘we’ll ask the questions’.”

Officers proceeded to list a string of allegations to illustrate the boy was at risk of radicalisation.

Fears were raised over comments he made to school bullies, stating he wanted to “exterminate” them. He is said to have made the remark in relation to classmates who subjected him to appalling antisemitic slurs and Nazi salutes.

Prevent officers also suggested the boy had an unhealthy interest in weapons on account of another online video – again uploaded by his mother – which showed him demonstrating a toy crossbow bought from English Heritage.

Read the full report on The Free Speech Union


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