Mocked for his turban: Police launch a hate probe into a video showing boys attacking Sikh students
- The footage shows a Sikh student being attacked by two other people of the same age
- Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire, confirmed an after-school incident
- West Mercia police said they were treating the worrying incident as a hate crime
Police have opened a hate crime investigation after this video showing that a Sikh student was attacked went viral on social media.
Posted on Twitter and Facebook, it shows the boy in uniform attracted to two others of similar age when he went home after class.
During the fight, the victim is headlocked and his turban is left hanging.
Others laugh at him before the boy is pressed to the ground, nailed down, and repeatedly hit on the back of the head.
Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire, confirmed the incident which involved "a number" of their students after school on November 13th.
Footage posted on Twitter and Facebook shows the Sikh student at the Charlton School in Telford, Shropshire, being attacked
The victim had gone home after class when he was attacked by two other people of the same age
It said it had "taken prompt, immediate and appropriate action, including sanctions and targeted intervention for the perpetrators".
The school is fully cooperating with the police, she added.
"While this incident did not occur during normal hours of the school day, we have taken full responsibility to work with all students involved and the wider school community to prevent further such incidents."
West Mercia Police said: “This is clearly an incredibly worrying incident. We treat this as a hate crime and with the utmost seriousness. & # 39;
Superintendent Jim Baker added, “The boys involved have been identified and our investigations are ongoing. I know the video has caused significant concern in our communities. & # 39;
The victim is grabbed in a headlock and his turban is caught while he is pushed to the ground
West Mercia Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and their investigation is ongoing
Jaz Gill, founder of the Hope – Helping Out People Everywhere charity, contacted the boy's parents but said they didn't want to talk about their son's ordeal.
"It's a shocking incident," he said. “I've received feedback from around 100 people who contacted the school. Many were upset that the school didn't seem to react until the news spread on social media in the past few days.
“People are very upset and some would like the two boys to be expelled, but this should be an opportunity to educate people so that such incidents don't happen in the future.
"Children need to be educated about what racism is and what bullying is – how these things can affect the victim's mental health."
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Labor MP for Slough, said: "Bullying and anti-Sikh hatred cannot be tolerated."
The National Sikh Police Association described the incident as an "absolutely disgusting" attack.