Schoolboy Questioned By Police After He Makes Unfortunate Spelling Mistake

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A ten year-old Muslim boy has been questioned by police after mistakenly writing that he lives in a ‘terrorist house’ in a piece of school work.

The unnamed schoolboy, who attends primary school in Lancashire, meant to write that he in lived in a ‘terraced house’, say the Independent.

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Lancashire police interviewed the boy at his home and examined the family laptop, after the spelling mistake was reported by his teacher in December last year.

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Currently all teachers are legally obliged to report any and all suspected extremist behaviour, under new counter-terrorism measures introduced by the Government in July.

In an interview with the BBC, a cousin said the family wanted an apology from the police and the school, saying the boy was now too scared ‘[to write] using his imagination’.

She 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.

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The school said it was unable to comment because it was investigating a complaint made about the incident.

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In a statement to the BBC 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 [the Home Office’s anti-extremism strategy].

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

The young boy isn’t the only Muslim this has happened to – Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said he was aware of dozens of similar cases.

Just a few months ago a ten year old in Birmingham was investigated after he complained there wasn’t a prayer room on a residential trip.

Last year 1,355 people aged under 18 were referred to the Home Office’s de-radicalisation programme, compared to just 466 in 2014.


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