Muslims have taken to Twitter to react to the news that a 10-year-old Muslim boy was reported to police for making making a simple spelling mistake.
The boy was reported to the police by his teachers for writing in an English class that he lives in a “terrorist house”. He had misspelled ‘terraced’.
The teachers had not realised that it was an innocent mistake and in accordance with the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which states that teachers are obliged to alert the authorities to any suspected terrorist behaviour, they called the police. This was not the first time children have been wrongly reported to the police and many have criticised the Government’s Prevent Programme for creating a climate of suspicion towards children.
The following are some funny tweets from the #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse hashtag which is being used to ridicule the over reaction by the teachers and the police:
Some made use of puns:
We had water bomb fights all the time #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— Nutella Khala (@Ms_Haytch) January 20, 2016
I love bomber jackets, who doesn’t? #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse pic.twitter.com/RFQhQBmkbm
— AK™ (@TheAbdulKahhar) January 20, 2016
We eat BOMBay mix in my house… #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— Ukht (@Ukh_T) January 20, 2016
My mum said she’d only be happy with my rotlis if they blew up like this one. #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse pic.twitter.com/05ghgc8Eo1
— S. (@_s_ibrahim_) January 20, 2016
Our kitchen cabinets are full of explosive… spices. #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— ثناء (@LiberatedSoul_) January 20, 2016
Others made intentional spelling ‘mistakes’:
My favourite film when younger was Star Wars: Return of the Jihadi… *Jedi #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse @ShahzadDarr
— Sa’id Totti Looch (@saidlooch) January 20, 2016
And many others used the hashtag to tweet something funny:
Walking out of a shop my mum in her broken English would shout ‘Make sure you shoot the door!’ #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— Abu Typo (@WahidAtTalib) January 20, 2016
The story about the school boy being questioned by the police gives a new meaning to the term ‘Grammar Police.’ #igrewupinaterroristhouse
— Rafiq ibn Jubair (@RafiqIbnJubair) January 20, 2016
#IGrewUpInATerroristHouse True. I used to shoot other kids with a water gun.
— PeaceLover (@IbnInnocence) January 20, 2016
My uncle Abdul Karim turns 47 tomorrow. Writing ‘AK47’ on his birthday cake? #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— Navèëd (@Seditious_medic) January 20, 2016
#IGrewUpInATerroristHouse where I could never find my school bag. I'd always run to my dad and be like "Where's my Bagh-dadi?"
— Abu Qinā' (@AbuQina) January 20, 2016
The first thing a Muslim learns to read is the Al-Qaida manual… #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse pic.twitter.com/H0UXi69es3
— আবু মারিয়া (@Faysal_FreeGaza) January 20, 2016
My parents would always buy me some of the best sweets #igrewupinaterroristhouse #jihadisnextdoor pic.twitter.com/whRNt8i0r8
— Raja OmarFarooq Khan (@RajaOmarFarooq) January 20, 2016
It was right to call the police on the 10 year old who made a spelling mistake He might have had a clock #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse
— Cerie (@CerieOfficial) January 20, 2016
Zahid had some sympathy for those growing up on Isis Road in Bedford:
Feel sorry for those living on this road in Bedford. Not a typo! #IGrewUpInATerroristHouse pic.twitter.com/jYdfmDJTH9
— Zahid Akhtar / زاهد (@AHudhayfah) January 20, 2016