British boy wrongly accused of supporting Daesh leader awarded thousands in compensation
DUBAI: A British school boy has been paid thousands in compensation after his teachers wrongly accused him of wearing a T-shirt which they claimed supported Daesh, national newspaper The Daily Mail reported.
The unnamed 11-year-old was eight when he was confronted by concerned teachers who accused him of wearing a T-shirt supporting the world’s most wanted man, Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
The T-shirt actually carried a slogan that said: “I want to be like Abu Bakr Al-Siddique,” – a well-known Islamic figure and the prophet’s father-in-law.
The boy was questioned at the time by social services, who also told his mother the school had ‘recorded a caution’ against the child, and had spoken to him about ‘deradicalization.’
On Wednesday the boy was awarded nearly $4,400 in compensation from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets council.
His parents said the incident affected his confidence and made him more reluctant to speak in class.