UK boy questioned over spelling 'terrorist house' by mistake

British police question UK Muslim boy after he mistakenly spells 'terrorist house' instead of 'terraced house'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A 10-year-old Muslim boy was questioned by British police in Lancashire, North England after writing that he lives in a “terrorist house” instead of “terraced house.”

The boy, was questioned regarding what he wrote during class in school at his home on December 7.

The student’s intention was to write he lives in a “terraced house,” but upon seeing what he wrote his teachers reported him to the local authorities.

According to British law, teachers have to report anything considered as suspicious behavior.

Boy’s cousin has stated that the 10-year-old student is now too intimidated to write.

"You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child," she told BBC. "If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling.

"He's now scared of writing, using his imagination," she added.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that government's “Prevent” programme is to blame for the incident.

"There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students," he said.

"This is a natural consequence of the extension of the 'Prevent Duty' to schools."

However, Lancashire Police said that the “Prevent” programme was not to blame and that the issue has been dealt with "by a joint visit by a police constable from the division and social services."

TRTWorld and agencies