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Over $170,000 Raised for Bullied Syrian Refugee in the UK

Over $170,000 Raised for Bullied Syrian Refugee in the UK

Saturday, 1 December, 2018 - 07:45
The Syrian boy’s photo on the front page of The Times
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
A crowdfunding page for a Syrian refugee has raised over $170,000 after a video of the boy being bullied at school in the UK city of Huddersfield went viral.

The footage, shot at Almondbury Community School, shows the 15-year-old boy, identified as Jamal, being taunted and pinned to the ground.

Water is then forcibly poured onto his face by another pupil.

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

"Regarding the assault on a 15-year-old youth in Almondbury, which featured in a video posted on social media yesterday and has been widely reported in the media, a 16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offense of assault," West Yorkshire Police said in a statement on Thursday.

“He will appear at Youth Court in due course. Safeguarding measures have been put in place for the victim and his family,” the statement said.

The online video sparked widespread outrage on social media, and a GoFundMe page to support the boy and his family has hit $170,000, with donations still pouring in.

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