More details are emerging about the 30-year-old Iranian refugee (whose picture has been blurred out in UK media) placed in a class for 15-year-old girls and boys in the UK and they are even more worrying.
Whereas we told you yesterday (see our related coverage) that the man was pulled out of the school after worried parents saw a Snapchat picture with a caption ‘how come there’s a 30-year-old in our math class?’ the story behind that social media post is even more troubling.
Related coverage: UK – Parents ask ‘why is there a 30-year-old’ refugee in my child’s class?.
It would appear that the picture was taken by a girl who wanted to help her friend in class as the Iranian bombarded that girl with text messages and wouldn’t stop. When teachers were informed, they said it was nothing to worry about.
The 15-year-old girl explained to the teachers she was worried by the messages because she was convinced the boy was far older.
A girl at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Everyone was making jokes as we went into registration, saying, “What is a man doing at our school? He started FaceTiming my friend, sending her messages, asking how close she lived to the school. She was a bit concerned because he seemed so old. He kept messaging her during the night, and in the morning he texted her saying, “Hello, how are you?”
“She told the maths teacher and was taken to the safeguarding teacher who looked at the messages and said there was nothing sinister about them.”
The male pupil, who by know has been removed from the school, is believed to be an asylum seeker from Iran who joined Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Classmates found his Facebook profile, showing him with a full beard, a hairy chest and swigging a bottle of beer. On social media he states to be a former architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, who had lived in Erfurt, Germany.
Questions were raised in the British Parliament about the way asylum seekers are screened as the case has ruffled quite some feathers in the press.
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