A school called in social services after an eight-year-old boy told a teacher he wanted to ‘fight terrorists’ after watching a news report on the Syrian refugee crisis.
Teachers referred Rhys Atkinson to Wirral Council’s children’s safeguarding hub over fears he could be ‘radicalised’ and turn into a terrorist.
Rhys, a pupil at St Michael & All Angels in Upton, on the Wirral, Merseyside, had been watching a TV news report on the Syrian refugee crisis.
Father Mark Atkinson said: ‘I was called in for a meeting with the head and couldn’t believe what she was telling me.
‘I was so much in shock I could barely speak. How could the school believe my eight-year-old child could be a terrorist?’