Boy who 'bullied' and 'waterboarded' 15-year-old Syrian refugee at Huddersfield school has left the country with his mother
The accused, who is set to be charged with assault, has left Huddersfield, after the clip of him attacking the refugee schoolboy at Almondbury Community School gained traction.
A teenager from a Huddersfield school accused of attacking a 15-year-old Syrian refugee has reportedly fled the country with his mother after a video of the incident went viral on social media, according to the accused's brother.
The 16-year-old's elder brother, while talking to the Daily Mail, said that the accused, who is set to be charged with assault, has left Huddersfield, after the clip of him attacking the refugee schoolboy at Almondbury Community School gained traction online. Reports state that the boy's mother has also fled along with him as she was being threatened.
The teen's elder brother, however, boasted of an "army" surrounding their house to protect the family as a police van remained stationed outside their home. He also defended the teenager saying that his brother reacted the way he did in the video because the Syrian refugee, identified as Jamal, was involved in an earlier incident with him.
Reports state that the United Nations assisted the Syrian refugee boy after his family was persecuted under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. A fundraising campaign was organized for Jamal and his family, which has crossed £143,000 in less than 24 hours.
- Syrian refugee teenager, who recently made headlines after his footage of being bullied in a school soccer field went viral, is welcomed by Huddersfield's players in an "all-expenses-paid trip" to watch Premier League match from the stadium. #Soccer #GamePakistan pic.twitter.com/ExsegHK3GE— G.A.M.E Pakistan (@GamePakistan) November 30, 2018
The accused teenager's brother added that his sibling and his mother could not stay at the house anymore and have gone abroad to stay with their relatives.
"The boy’s brother said his younger sibling and mother had gone abroad to stay with relatives. They’ve left Huddersfield and they’ve left the UK for the time being. My brother doesn’t have any bail conditions so it’s not been a problem," the brother said.
"There are rumors that he’s been beaten up in revenge attacks but I think that’s nonsense, although I haven’t spoken to him since all this blew up. There have threats though but we’ve got a good group- a big army - around us so there’s no reason to worry. My brother’s not a bully and that Syrian kid is not the innocent he’s been made out to be," he added.
The clip showed Jamal walking alone as he is approached, tackled and pinned to the floor by the accused. The video then showed the teenager dragging Jamal to the floor and saying: "I'll drown you" before pouring a bottle of water on his face as other students in the school gathered around and watched. Jamal gradually frees himself from the boy's group and walks away without reacting.
UPDATE: Police are charging the bully and he will face consequences. The school is also planning to take action.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) November 28, 2018
Turns out Jamal was bullied last month as well where his wrist was broken and authorities took no action then. Smh https://t.co/ZNHtwyAOez
The accused issued a hand-written statement to the Sun Online, saying: "I regret [the incident] but wish to make it clear I was not responsible for breaking his arm, nor had I been bullying him over a period of time as has been reported. The incident was isolated and came about from an altercation between us earlier that day. The incident was not racial as up to that time we had been on good terms."
"I have now been charged with common assault, not racially-aggravated as has been reported," the statement read.