The boy who watched IS beheading videos

What leads a young child to stand up in front of his class and tell his school friends that he agrees with the aims and objectives of the so-called Islamic State?

Matthew Price met one of the youngsters identified through the government’s controversial Prevent programme as being at risk from radicalisation.

The boy is now 10 years old. He is small, with a round face and engaged eyes. You can tell he is intelligent because he asks questions – lots of them. It is that curiosity that got him into trouble in the first place.

These days he will not repeat the exact words he used just over a year ago in his primary school classroom in west London.
What we are told, however, is that he stood up in front of his class and declared his support for the so-called Islamic State.

It was a declaration that set in motion a series of interventions from his teachers, children’s services and the government’s Prevent team which has been set up to de-radicalise at-risk individuals.

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