The mother of the schoolboy accused of waterboarding a refugee classmate is a convicted racist, the Sunday People has revealed.
The woman was prosecuted after she spat at a chip shop owner and called him a “****” and “terrorist”.
She was fined over the rant before her 16-year-old son achieved national notoriety this week.
An online video appeared to show him dragging a 15-year-old Syrian boy, Jamal, to the floor before pouring water over his face – similar to a torture technique known as waterboarding.
Watch: Sickening attack on school pupil filmed on mobile phone.
The 16-year-old faces a possible assault charge after the incident on playing fields at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorks.
The alleged attacker’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after a dispute at a chip shop in March last year.
The owner told the Mirror : “I came in to work at around 8pm to help lock up for the night. She was sitting eating with one of her sons.
“I went to the toilet and when I came out there was a pool of sick on the floor. It must have been them.
“I approached them and said, ‘Why didn’t you do it in the bin?’ It was right there.
“He just walked off, but the mum was saying ‘f*** off’ and ‘p*** off’. They went outside and that’s when she started calling me ‘P**i’ and ‘terrorist’. She spat at me.
“I told my brother, ‘Ring the police’ and took my phone to film them. The son was quiet but his mum was ranting.”
The owner reported the incident to police and the mother was tracked down after he posted footage of the attack on Facebook.
He said: “It had thousands of views and then I started getting messages saying who she was.
“I was also contacted by a witness who said he’d be willing to give a details to police.”
The owner said he was visited later by police who ordered him to remove the online footage.
“They said the woman had reported it but I said to them ‘I’m the victim’. They recorded the footage on their bodycam and then made me delete it from Facebook and from my phone.”
He said it was another two months before he was informed the woman was being charged.
The case reached court in November last year where the woman admitted racially aggravated threatening behaviour. She was fined £162.
The chip shop boss said: “I wasn’t happy with the sentence. I rang the court and asked why it was only a small fine but I knew whatever I said wouldn’t change anything.”
He said his heart sank when he watched the footage of the refugee, called Jamal, being attacked.
“It’s really bad, it’s sad seeing what happens to kids in schools these days. Kids find it hard to get help.
“If this video hadn’t been captured then nobody would know. How long’s it been going on?
“You can see from the lad’s face he’s used to it. The way he just gets up and walks off. It’s sad watching it.”
A second video has emerged showing Jamal’s 14-year-old sister allegedly being targeted by bullies at the same school.
She had her headscarf ripped off in the playground.
Police are investigating this video too.
The Syrian family had fled war-torn Homs before making their way to Britain under a United Nations programme as refugees.
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A GoFundMe page set up to support the family had received almost £150,000 in donations on Friday morning and according to Sun Online , the Syrian refugee’s family say they will use the money to leave Huddersfield.
Jamal said: “I was feeling unsafe everywhere, even to go to the shop. I was feeling I couldn’t study or do homework.
“I woke at night and just started crying because of this problem. When I saw everyone looking at this video I felt ashamed of myself.”
The ‘bully’ told Sun Online: “I regret (the incident) but wish to make it clear I was not responsible for breaking his arm, nor had I been bullying him over a period of time as has been reported.
“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.”
Source : BirminghamMail