Author: Bradley Jolly
The teen accused of bullying a Syrian refugee has broken his silence to insist he’s not a racist, say reports.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, is understood to have claimed he and the victim, 15, had been “on good terms”.
The teenager is said to have written the letter, published by The Sun Online, after footage was circulated on social media of the alleged attack.
The shocking video, from Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, shows the victim, named as Jamal, grabbed by the throat and shoved to the ground.
A youth then pours a bottle of water in his face while others watch and cheer.
The alleged bully’s letter was written after a 16-year-old was interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault.
It reads: “I fully accept responsibility for my actions which I regret 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.
“I have now been charged with common assault, not racially-aggravated as has been reported.”
In a second clip, Jamal’s sister was targeted by other vile bullies at the same school.
West Yorkshire Police has put “safeguarding measures” in place to protect the family in Huddersfield
A force spokesman said: “A 16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault. He will appear at Youth Court in due course.”
The family’s lawyer, Mohammed Akunjee, of Farooq Bajwa & Co, said the sister has since attempted suicide.
And her sibling, meanwhile, told ITV News he has been crying at night since the torment.