A TEENAGER who fled a Syrian war zone to find sanctuary in Britain says he has been left ‘crying at night’ over the bullying he has suffered here.
The 15-year-old spoke out as anger erupted over footage of a classmate ‘waterboarding’ him — days after his arm was broken in another attack.
A boy of 16 was charged with assault yesterday over the latest incident in Huddersfield. And more than £100,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe appeal for the bullied pupil and his family, who hope to move elsewhere in the UK.
The Syrian boy revealed he had been targeted ever since his arrival from Homs in 2016, after three years facing shellfire from Bashar al-Assad’s army in the besieged city. He told ITV News last night: ‘I was feeling unsafe everywhere — even to go to the shop. I was feeling like I couldn’t study or do my homework.
‘I woke up at night and just started crying because of this problem. When I saw everyone looking at this video, I felt ashamed of myself and why it happened. I was really upset about that.’
A group of teenage boys involved in the ‘waterboard’ attack filmed it themselves at Almondbury Community School on October 25. One headbutted the Syrian to the ground and poured water over his face, yelling: ‘I’ll drown you.’
The refugee then walked off alone, nursing his broken arm, as dozens of his fellow pupils looked on in silence.
The boy’s 14-year-old sister has tried to slash her wrists after being bullied at the same school, it emerged yesterday.
Her headscarf was ripped off by pupils hours before her brother was attacked.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has condemned ‘absolutely shocking’ scenes in the video, watched more than 10million times after appalled social media users shared it. The boy’s alleged attacker has had to leave his home along with his family after being targeted by vigilantes.
He is said to have shared Facebook links to the far-right English Defence League and Britain First in the past. He will appear in court ‘in due course’, police said.
After the unconnected attack that broke the Syrian’s arm on October 7, officers interviewed three boys before referring the matter to the school. Headteacher Trevor Bowen said: ‘We do not tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any sort.’