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The boy was reported in 2019 after being overheard after school that his father had “guns and bombs in his shed”. But it was soon discovered through transcripts that he had simply talked about weapons Fourteen days, after watching his older cousin play and taking his words wildly out of context.
The seriousness of the filing and the innocence of the boy’s comments have led to further criticism of the prevention system, which relies on all types of “public bodies” (schools, clubs, doctors, etc.) to “raise concerns about radicalization”.
The same story shows that since 2016, over 2,000 British children under the age of nine have been reported to Prevent, leading to fears that Muslim children are being wrongly attacked by the program.
“… it is … worrying that hundreds of children barely old enough to tie their own shoelaces are being classified as potential future criminals based on video games or their families’ perceived views,” said Rosalind Comyn and Campaign manager for Liberty, told The guard.