Posted: 22:04 GMT, Jan.. November 2020 | Updated: 22:45 GMT, 25. November 2020
Police have opened a hate crime investigation after this video showing that a Sikh student was assaulted went viral on social media.
Posted on Twitter and Facebook, it shows the boy in uniform attracted to two others of similar age when he went home after class.
During the fight, the victim is headlocked and his turban is left hanging.
Others laugh at him before the boy is pushed to the ground, pinned down, and repeatedly hit on the back of the head.
Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire, confirmed the incident that took place after school on Jan.. November « a number » of their students were involved.
Footage posted on Twitter and Facebook shows the Sikh student being attacked at Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire.
The victim had gone home after class when she was attacked by two other people of the same age
It was said to have « taken prompt, immediate and appropriate action, including sanctions and targeted intervention for the perpetrators ». .
‘Although this incident did not occur during normal hours of the school day, we have taken full responsibility for working with all students involved and the wider school community to prevent such an incident from occurring. ‘
West Mercia Police said: “This is clearly an extremely worrying incident. We treat this as a hate crime and with the utmost seriousness. ‘
Superintendent Jim Baker added, ‘The boys involved have been identified and our investigation is ongoing. I know the video has caused significant concern in our communities. ‘
The victim is headlocked and his turban is caught while he is pushed to the ground
West Mercia Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and their investigation is ongoing
Jaz Gill, founder of the Hope Charity – Helping People Everywhere – contacted the boy’s parents but said they didn’t want to talk about their son’s ordeal.
« It’s a shocking incident, » he said. “I’ve received feedback from around 100 people who contacted the school. Many were upset that the school didn’t seem to react until the news spread on social media in the past few days.
‘People are very upset and some want the two boys expelled, but this should be an opportunity to educate people so that such incidents don’t happen in the future.
‘Children need to be educated about what racism is and what bullying is – how these things can affect the victim’s mental health. ‘
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