by Albert Evans
Thousands of people have donated over £38,000 to a schoolboy subjected to an allegedly “racially-aggravated assault” captured in a video that has been shared widely on social media.
Police are investigating a report of a “racially-aggravated assault” against a 15-year-old boy after a violent video was circulated. Reports have suggested the boy is a Syrian refugee.
The victim, with his arm in a cast, is seen to be dragged to the floor by his neck before his attacker says “I’ll drown you” while forcing water from a bottle into the victim’s mouth.
The incident is said to have taken place on playing fields at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on 25 October.
Barry Sheerman, MP for the town, said he had been supporting the boy and his family.
He tweeted, “Video of assault against one of my constituents absolutely shocking.
“Have been supporting the family since it was first brought to my attention.
“Understand from council that the school have taken strong action. Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given!”
The victim is reported to be a refugee from Syria and a fundraising page has received more than £38,000 since Tuesday night.
The video, was shared originally by Mohammed Khan, who said, “I am absolutely disgusted and mortified by the level of hate and ignorance shown by the cowards in this video.”
“It is of a Syrian refugee who has been bullied constantly in Almondbury High School where apparently…this hasn’t been taken seriously.”
The victim’s nationality has yet to be officially confirmed.
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.”
Kirklees Council said, “Neither us nor the school condone violence in any form and behaviour like this will not be tolerated.”
This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews