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British school accuses 8-year-old student of being a potential terrorist after he said he wants to fight Muslim terrorists

A school called in social services after an eight-year-old boy told a teacher he wanted to ‘fight terrorists’ after watching a news report on the Syrian refugee crisis. Teachers referred Rhys Atkinson to Wirral Council’s children’s safeguarding hub over fears he could be ‘radicalixed’ and turn into a terrorist.

UK Daily Mail (h/t Mike F) Rhys, a pupil at St Michael & All Angels in Upton, on the Wirral, Merseyside, had been watching a TV news report on the Syrian refugee crisis. Father Mark Atkinson said: ‘I was called in for a meeting with the head and couldn’t believe what she was telling me. ‘I was so much in shock I could barely speak. How could the school believe my eight-year-old child could be a terrorist?’


He says he was approached by staff as he waited at the school gate for his children to finish their day. He said: ‘The school has been raising money to help with the refugee crisis. My son came home and told me his form teacher had explained how the crisis had begun.

‘I sat him down and we discussed it. The


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