Thousands Raised For Injured Syrian Refugee Pinned Down And 'Waterboarded' By Bullies

More than £35,000 has been raised in aid of the family of a pupil, believed to be a Syrian refugee, after a sickening video showed him being 'waterboarded' by a school bully.

The incident took place at a secondary school in Huddersfield, UK, and shows a group of boys approaching the pupil, who is understood to have fled from Homs with his family.

Money has been raised for the boy and his family after claims that he was 'waterboarded' at school. Credit: Facebook
Money has been raised for the boy and his family after claims that he was 'waterboarded' at school. Credit: Facebook

One of the bullies then aggressively asks the boy, who already has his arm in a cast: "What are you saying now then?"

The bully proceeds to grab the boy by the neck and pin him to the ground with his arm across his throat, before squirting water over his nose and mouth and telling the boy: "I'll drown you."

The boy is then able to squirm out of the bully's grasp and calmly walks away from the incident, while others can be heard laughing off camera.

More than £35,000 has been raised to support the family of the victim. Credit: Facebook
More than £35,000 has been raised to support the family of the victim. Credit: Facebook

It is understood the boy arrived in the area of West Yorkshire two years ago, and the video was recorded more than a month ago.
Since being shared on Facebook, the video has been watched more than 100,000 times.

A Gofundme page has also been set up in aid of the victim's family, drumming up more than £35,000 in less than a day.

A section of the description on the fundraising page reads: "We want to raise money for the family to ease their situation and hopefully they can use the funds to help improve their quality of life and to put a smile on their faces.

"Having left a war torn country, the least they deserve is to live in peace without being harassed. Please donate generously and let's change this horrible situation into a blessing in disguise for them."

In a statement West Yorkshire Police confirmed a teenager had been questioned.

The Mirror reported that Superintendent Steve Dodds, of West Yorkshire Police Kirklees District, said: "We are investigating a report of a racially-aggravated assault of a 15-year-old boy which occurred on playing fields at Almondbury Community School at about 1pm on October 25.

"A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed by voluntary attendance in connection with the incident and we are continuing to progress the investigation."

The headteacher of the school said they were supporting the investigation.

He said: "The safety and welfare of students is of paramount importance to us and this was a very serious incident.

"We are not able to comment further as we are supporting the police with their investigation but I want to be clear that we do not tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any sort in our school."

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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