4-Year-Old Questioned by British Police Because He Wanted to ‘Play Gun Fight’

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Police were called to a school in England to question a 4-year-old child because he wanted go to a cousin’s house and ‘play gun fight‘.

His mother, Layla Khan, said in a Facebook post that as a Muslim, she felt she was ‘constantly under suspicion’ and that she ‘didn’t belong’:

So as I rolled up to school this afternoon to pick up my “4yr old”, to my astonishment I was greeted by a police officer…

Posted by Layla Khan on Wednesday, 25 November 2015


She has not named the school because she is planning to make a formal complaint and has commented saying that the deputy headteacher is looking into the incident as a ‘matter of urgency’.

This is not the first time an incident like this has happened with Police being called to question children teachers suspect of being radicalised. It follows new government guidelines under the controversial ‘Prevent’ scheme which requires teachers and staff to look out for signs of radicalisation in children.

Many Muslims and academics have said that the scheme is a failure which unfairly targets Muslims and creates a climate of suspicion and fear.

Written by Rafiq ibn Jubair

Rafiq ibn Jubair is the founder and Director of IlmFeed. He is a graphic designer and digital marketing specialist by profession. Rafiq is also a graduate of the Islamic Sciences and has Ijazas (formal authorisation) in Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh amongst other subjects.

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