15-year-old Syrian refugee filmed in attack at school thanks supporters as fundraising tops £130,000

A meeting was held at the school which Imam Mohammed Pandor said was "very productive".
A meeting was held at the school which Imam Mohammed Pandor said was "very productive".

A 15-year-old Syrian refugee who was filmed in an incident at his school has told supporters "thanks for everything".

The boy arrived with his father to talk to a small group of concerned people who had gathered outside his school in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon.

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His father said he did not want to give interviews to waiting media but, as they left, the teenager just said "thanks for everything" before getting into a waiting car.

The footage of the boy being attacked at Almondbury Community School and threatened with drowning has been widely shared on social media and provoked widespread concern.

An online appeal set up to help the family topped £130,000 in 24 hours.

The emergence of the video was followed by further footage of what was said to be the boy's sister being physically abused at the same school.

A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed over the attack on the boy, and reported for summons for an offence of assault ahead of a youth court appearance.

The boy was questioned by police over the footage in which the 15-year-old victim, with his arm is in a cast, is thrown to the ground.

On Thursday around 30 people gathered outside the school and a delegation then went inside the school for an hour-long meeting with headteacher Trevor Bowen.

The group emerged and Imam Mohammed Pandor said the meeting was "very productive".

Mr Pandor, who is from Batley and described himself as a "concerned citizen", said: "We are confident that school is taking this case very seriously."