8 Year Old Boys Inculcated with Anti-Muslim Hatred



A young Muslim woman walked cuddling her 15 month old baby to the local grocers to get some basic food items. As she walked to the store, 3 young children – one who wore a ski mask, started taunting and insulting her. She stated that they were no more than 8-10 years old.

Taunts and abuse included, “Muslim B****” as they laughed and giggled at the Hijab clad mother walking to the store. As she walked on, the young children started to throw stones at her leading her to try and protect her young child. Upset and shocked, she called for help and shouted at the young children. As people looked to assist her, the young children ran off.

We have previously raised in ourĀ 2015 annual report that nearly 1 in 10 of the street based anti-Muslim hate incidents that were reported to us, came from schools. We also highlighted the fact that for the first time in 2015, the average age of the perpetrator of anti-Muslim hatred had fallen from 15-35 to 13-18 years old, a significant drop.

Clearly, in such cases, anti-Muslim sentiment has been picked up from somewhere. The likelihood is that it probably has been picked up from parents or carers and in the home environment. Which makes it even more important for schools to remain vigilant and to challenge such comments and behaviour on site and off-site.

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