Sickening ‘waterboarding’ of Syrian refugee schoolboy sparks outrage

Thousands Raised For Injured Syrian Refugee 'Waterboarded' By Bullies

It is not yet clear who filmed the incident, which occurred at a school in Huddersfield, northern England.

A video showing a Syrian refugee being attacked by fellow students at a school in the United Kingdom has gone viral on social media, prompting involvement from the local council and police department.

Earlier this week, footage emerged showing the 14-year-old girl's 15-year-old brother being taunted, grabbed and pushed to the ground as other students looked on.

The attacker can also be heard telling his victim "I'll drown you" before he launches in to the assault at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The Syrian boy was also seen wearing a cast during the attack. Sometimes I say to my dad, "I don't want to go to school anymore".

Police said they were investigating the incident as "a racially-aggravated assault" and had questioned a 16-year-old boy over the footage. The victim and his family are receiving ongoing support from police and other agencies.

The victim, known as Jamal, said the bullying has kept him awake at night and made him feel "unsafe".

Police said they are investigating the incident, and have interviewed the alleged perpetrator of the attack.

Speaking about the protest, Mr Aslam said it is about helping all those who are being bullied.

His father, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the BBC the attack had left his son "very exhausted psychologically".

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Tasnime Akunjee, a solicitor representing the family, told the Guardian they were considering moving away from the area and had received offers to be rehomed in Oxford. The whole club wishes to meet and support the family.

The 16-year-old claimed he had not been bullying his classmate before the incident and was previously on "good terms" with him.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman tweeted, "I immediately contacted Shabir Pandor Leader of Kirklees Council on seeing this sickening video this level of violence can not be tolerated".

He said: "It is not just the police, it is the school themselves".

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.

He added, "Video of assault against one of my constituents absolutely shocking".

"Understand from council that the school have taken strong action", he wrote on Twitter. "Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given", he tweeted.

Anti-racism campaigners HOPE not Hate said they were concerned about the incident, adding that prejudice in wider society can influence what happens in schools.

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".

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