How a young Muslim boy's spelling mistake got him in trouble with the police
February 5, 2016 5:01pm CST
My husband told me this story and it sounded so ridiculous that I had to check it out online. A school teacher in Lancashire (north west England) reported a 10-year old Muslim boy after he made a spelling mistake. The boy lived in a 'terraced house' - this is what Google tells me would be called a 'row house' in the USA. This is a house with houses attached to it on both sides. Some might call it a town house but that's rather grand for what we call a 'two-up-two-down' terraced house. Poor lad wrote that he lived in a 'terrorist' house instead of 'terraced'. Come on, he's 10 years old. When I was ten a kid in my class muddled up voucher and vulture. It happens. In this case the teacher called the police, citing the 2015 Counter Terrorism and Security Act and officers turned up at the boy's house to 'interview' him. The boy's cousin expressed her amazement that the teacher wasn't more interested in correcting his spelling errors instead of calling the cops. You really couldn't make it up, could you?
16 people like this
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Feb 16
@cacay1 I'd really want to talk with the kid, the teacher, and administrators before I formed an impression of what really happened. If nobody had an agenda, my hope would be that everyone got a good laugh out of what happened.
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
6 Feb 16
I do not like that teacher, so inconsiderate.The boy is 10 and usually Muslims are poor thinkers, slow learners. I observed it as having many Muslim students in my class in the college level, poor spellers like bird: verd, bolo, bulo, ball, bol and they are college how much more to a kid?
• Northampton, England
6 Feb 16
I think that may be a very unfortunate generalization that doesn't apply in many countries. Certainly many immigrants in this country regardless of religion take the education of their children very seriously and many of the kids outperform local kids.
• United States
8 Feb 16
That's as crazy as the teacher that tried to have my son expelled (he was 10) for a drawing of military training exercise. She almost succeeded till we (me and his art teacher) informed her rather bluntly why. She had told the kids to create a picture honoring our military and he had won first place for his contribution.
• New Zealand
7 Feb 16
Seems like that teacher wasn't very good at communicating. She could have at least asked him what a terrorist house was. Our son is adopted and I used to belong to an adoption support group in the early years - once our son heard the word adoption meeting and thought I was going to a doctors meeting. Kids hear things differently.