Outrage and sympathy as £85000 raised for bullied Syrian refugee

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A 16-year old boy is likely to be charged with assault for the incident.

In the fallout, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Jamal and his family and it has so far raised more than £90,000 ($157,000).

His father, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the BBC the attack had left his son "very exhausted psychologically".

In statement West Yorkshire Police today said: "Regarding the assault on a 15-year-old youth in Almondbury, which featured in a video posted on social media yesterday and has been widely reported in the media, a 16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault".

A sickening video showed the 15-year-old being set upon by an attacker who dragged him to the floor and said "I'll drown you" before pouring a bottle of water on his face as others watched on.

Police confirmed they are investigating the alleged "racially-aggravated assault". I am working with Kelsey from Go Fund Me (we are in contact via email) to ensure that the money gets to them.

Three children were interviewed but officers left the matter to be dealt with by the school.


Image The Syrian boy was pinned to the ground and had water poured on his face

The description for the GoFundMe reads: "Jamal's family are refugees in the United Kingdom and they struggle to meet the basic necessities of life".

Tahir said he knew the family through a friend who did regular charity work in Huddersfield involving giving food donations to refugee families.

Following the spread of the shocking video, a GoFundMe was created for Jamal and his family, which hit its goal of $85,000 (£75,000) in just 24 hours.

Huddersfield's Labour MP Barry Sheerman has taken to social media to voice his horror, saying he had been supporting the teenager's family.

A crowdfunding campaign for the boy has already raised almost 25,000 British pounds to help him and his family relocate. "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", the force said.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday, the headteacher, Trevor Bowen, said: "Since the incident occurred in October, the school, the local authority and the police have all taken action".

"We must allow the legal process to take its course, but I want to be absolutely clear that we do not tolerate unacceptable behaviour of any sort in our school".

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