The sister of a Syrian refugee who was attacked in a widely-shared video has also been targeted by bullies, according to their family. Footage has
The sister of a Syrian refugee who was attacked in a widely-shared video has also been targeted by bullies, according to their family.
Footage has emerged of the girl, who is wearing a pink hijab, being pushed around by teenagers before she falls to the ground.
The video is said to have been recorded at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old Syrian boy was filmed being thrown to the ground by his neck.
The clip of the boy’s ordeal attracted widespread sympathy and condemnation after it went viral on Tuesday.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the victim’s family had received nearly £120,000 worth of donations by Thursday morning.
A 16-year-old boy is to be charged with assault over the attack on the boy whose arm was in a cast.
In the footage an attacker tells the Syrian pupil “I’ll drown you” while forcing water from a bottle into his mouth.
Tasnime Akunjee, the family’s lawyer, said an attack on the boy’s 14-year-old sister was filmed on Tuesday morning.
West Yorkshire Police said: “We have been made aware of a video showing a girl being assaulted at Almondbury Community School yesterday (27/11).
“The incident had not previously been reported to the police but we are now liaising with the girl’s family who we are continuing to support.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Kirklees District CID via 101.”
The attack on the boy took place on 25 October and was reported to police the day after.
The alleged perpetrator was not due to be charged until the video surfaced online.
West Yorkshire Police said another “unconnected” incident occurred on 7 October and left the boy with a wrist injury.
Three children were interviewed but officers left the matter to be dealt with by the school.
Mr Akunjee said it was another example of bullying and caused the boy’s broken arm, requiring the cast seen in the video.
The Syrian boy has told ITV that he no longer feels safe at school since the attack.
He said: “I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem. They think I’m different – different from them.
“I don’t feel safe at school. Sometimes I say to my dad, ‘I don’t want to go to school anymore’. I was just crying and I didn’t do nothing because I respect the school rules.”
Supporters say they are organising a peaceful protest outside the school on Thursday.
The first incident’s alleged perpetrator has been the subject of hundreds of violent threats online.
The 16-year-old gave The Sun Online a handwritten statement in which he accepted responsibility for his actions, but denied bullying the younger boy.
He said: “The incident was isolated and came about from an altercation between us earlier that day.
“The incident was not racial as up to that time we had been on good terms.”