Muslim schoolboy quizzed about ISIS after raising ‘eco-terrorism’ in French class

A Muslim schoolboy was questioned by staff about Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) after he used the term ‘eco-terrorist’ in a classroom discussion about the environment.

The 14-year-old, who wishes not to be named, said the experience of being taken out of his class and questioned about an international terrorist organization was “scary.”

Central Foundation School in Old Street, London, said they acted to protect the welfare of the child in line with the government’s controversial counter-extremism ‘Prevent’ policy.

The schoolboy’s parents are taking legal action against the school, claiming he was left “visibly distressed” by the experience.

Central Foundation School defended the decision to question the boy as being in line with government policies on the prevention of extremism and terrorism.

The school said it was protecting the “welfare of the child in line with statutory and non-statutory guidance including the ‘Prevent duty’.

Teaching unions have expressed concern about government guidelines on preventing extremism in schools which stifle debate in classrooms.

Earlier this month a police officer at a counter-terrorism training event told teachers that Green Party MP Caroline Lucas could be an extremist because of her involvement in anti-fracking protests, according to the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

Lucas said she was shocked by the news and planned to complain.

Equating peaceful political demonstrations with violent extremism is both offensive and deeply misguided,” she told the TES.

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Via RT.