The shameless bully who ‘waterboarded’ a young Syrian refugee at his Yorkshire school has denied it was a racially-aggravated attack and bizarrely boasted he was only charged with common assault.
The 16-year-old claimed he had not been bullying his classmate before the incident and was previously on ‘good terms’ with him.
A sickening video showed the 15-year-old being set upon by an attacker who dragged him to the floor and said ‘I’ll drown you’ before pouring a bottle of water on his face as others watched on.
The handwritten note released by the alleged attacker in which he claimed the incident ‘was not racial’
The teenager charged over the attack issued a handwritten statement to the
‘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,’ he wrote.
He continued: ‘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.’
Thousands have flocked to support the teenager and bemoaned how he escaped war-torn Homs only to be abused by youngsters in the UK.
A fundraising campaign for the boy and his family has soared past £80,000 in less than 24 hours.
More than £80,000 has been raised for a teenage Syrian refugee after a video of him being bullied at school was posted online. The victim, in white and wearing a blue cast on his left arm, was approached on the school field as others looked on
In the video, the attacker, carrying a water bottle, headbutts him, and pushes him to the ground
The bully then holds his victim’s throat she her pours water over his face
One woman who donated, named Rose, said: ‘I struggle for words when I think about everything your family has been through escaping Syria and starting a new life in a country that treats you like this. I want to help in any way possible.’
Another donor, Simon Porter, said: ‘Syrian refugee children who have fled a war torn country being bullied in a UK school is unacceptable.’
David Paton added: ‘Poor boy. He manages to escape war and tyranny, only to be bullied by some low life thug in the UK. What an absolute disgrace this bully is, shame on you.’
Mohammed Tahir, who set up the crowdfunding page for the bullying victim, said he had been overwhelmed by the support it had received.
He said: ‘I can’t thank everyone enough for the generous donations they have made.’
MP Nadine Dorries called for ‘serious action’ over the bullying and added the UK should ‘open its arms’ to those facing persecution
Others also took to social media to back the victim and called the incident ‘shameful’
Tory MP Nadine Dorries called for ‘serious action’ over the bullying and added the UK should ‘open its arms’ to those facing persecution
West Yorkshire Police today said they had charged a 16-year-old boy with assault as it emerged the victim’s sister had her headscarf ripped off in another attack.
Officers said he had been interviewed and reported for summons over the incident on a school field and will appear before a youth court ‘in due course.’