A viral video shows a white teen attacking a Syrian refugee classmate and “waterboarding” him — and some are condemning the school for not taking action in the month since it was recorded.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident involving the unnamed white teen and a 15-year-old boy named Jamal happened at the Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, a town in West Yorkshire, England.
The video was reportedly recorded by a friend of the teen attacker and shows him calling for Jamal before confronting him, grabbing him by the neck and pushing him to the ground.
The white teen then attempts to pour a water bottle out in the smaller Syrian boy’s mouth, saying “I’ll drown you” while doing so. The Syrian boy was also seen wearing a cast during the attack.
A crowdfunding campaign for the boy has already raised nearly 25,000 British pounds to help him and his family relocate.
“The victim Jamal is a refugee in the UK who has been subject to months of bullying along with his little sister,” the campaign read, adding that “his little sister has broken the lenses in her glasses and attempted to cut her own wrists in school toilets” over racist harassment.
The Daily Mail noted that police are said to be guarding Jamal’s home “after his address was shared online and threats were made to him and his family.”
In a statement released after the video went viral, the West Yorkshire Police said the attack occurred on October 25 and its officers have interviewed the older teen.
Barry Sheerman, a member of Parliament who represents Huddersfield, told the Daily Mail that he reached out and offered support to the boy and his family and said the school has “taken strong action.”
The report noted, however, that some have accused the school of a “lack of action” regarding the attack.
In a statement, Almondbury head teacher Trevor Bowen said he wouldn’t comment on the investigation but that the school does “not tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any sort.”
“‘The safety and welfare of students is of paramount importance to us and this was a very serious incident,” Bowen said.
You can watch the video below:
British kids beating up Jamal—a Syrian refugee kid w/a broken arm
•This is Huddersfield UK
•Jamal’s family literally escaped torture & certain death…for this?
•When media & politicians demonize marginalized communities—like refugees—this is one resultpic.twitter.com/B2XX6nfRTO
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 27, 2018