Saturday 3 December 2016

Muslim boy (10) questioned by police after he mistakenly writes that he lives in 'terrorist house' - not 'terraced house'

Published 20/01/2016 | 09:51

The boy's family asked for the police and school to apologise.
The boy's family asked for the police and school to apologise.

A 10-year-old Muslim boy was quizzed by police after mistakenly writing that he lived in a "terrorist house" rather than a "terraced house", according to reports.

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The youngster made the error during an English lesson at a Lancashire school, and the following day officers arrived at his home to interview him and examine the family laptop.

Speaking to the BBC, the boy's family said the incident on December 7 had shocked them and asked for the police and school to apologise.

His cousin, who has not been named to protect his identity, said: "You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child.

"If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling.

"They shouldn't be putting a child through this. He's now scared of writing, using his imagination."

She added that she initially thought the incident had been a joke.

Since last July teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour to police.

The guidelines were set out in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act which said that schools need to demonstrate they are protecting pupils from being drawn into terrorism by "having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify children at risk, and intervening as appropriate".

They will also be expected to protect children from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet at school.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "This was reported to the police but was dealt with by a joint visit by a Pc from the division and social services, not by anyone from Prevent.

"There were not thought to be any areas for concern and no further action was required by any agency."

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