Muslim schoolboy interrogated about ISIS after saying 'eco-terrorist' during class discussion
by Daily Sabah with AFP
LONDONSep 23, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with AFP
Sep 23, 2015 12:00 am
A Muslim schoolboy was interrogated by British child protection services about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group after he used the term "eco-terrorist" during a discussion about enviromental activism in a French class.
The 14-year-old boy used the word during a lesson as part of a discussion at his school in central London about environmental activism, according to the Guardian report.
A few days later he was pulled out of class and taken to a room where he was questioned by two people, one of whom was a child protection officer, the left-of-centre daily said.
He was asked if he was "affiliated" with ISIS or had heard of the militant group, it added.
"I didn't know what was going on," the unnamed boy was quoted as saying.
"They said there had been safety concerns raised. If you are taken out of French class and asked about ISIS, it is quite scary. My heart skipped a beat."
The student used the term "eco-terrorist" when the class was having a discussion about those who use violence to promote enviromentalism and he said he learned the term from an earlier session of the school debating society.
The teenager explained in legal documents seen by the Guardian that he had used the word "eco-terrorist" to refer to people who "take action such as spiking trees with nails to prevent chainsaws from chopping them down".
The student's parents are taking legal action against the school, saying that the child was discriminated against because he was a Muslim and was left "visibly distressed" by the experience.
A new law from this year places a legal duty on British schools to "prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
The Central Foundation boys' school reportedly said it was respecting government guidance including the "Prevent duty", an initiative which aims to stop people engaging in terrorism.
The newspaper said the incident shone a light on how schools were dealing with Britain's new anti-terrorism initiatives.
A spokesman for the school said: "The safeguarding and the wellbeing of our young people is our primary concern.
"The school is confident that its safeguarding policies and the work of the professionals in the operation of these policies are proportionate, justified and place the wellbeing of the child to the fore."