A BIRMINGHAM school has been accused of “racial profiling” after police were called on a seven-year-old Muslim boy when teachers mistook a piece of brass for a bullet.
Officers were sent to interview the child at his home following a tip-off from staff at St Edward’s Catholic primary school in Birmingham after he claimed that a brass cylinder was a bullet and told teachers that his teenage brother had held a weapon on an army cadet course.
The boy’s mother accused the school of overreacting, saying the incident would not have escalated if the family was not Muslim.
The school insisted that it treats all pupils equally and is proud of its diverse intake.
Tell Mama, an organisation supporting victims of Islamophobic abuse, said the case highlights the concern that a common sense approach seems to “go out of the window” under the government’s Prevent scheme.