UK Government’s Prevent Strategy Terrifies Muslim Children

  • Ifhat Smith’s son was 13 years old when he was questioned by school officials and asked if he was affiliated to the jihadist group Islamic State.
  • Smith was shocked when she ultimately realised her child had been questioned under the government’s Prevent strategy.
  • She was left baffled when she discovered the interrogation was triggered by his use of the term “eco-terrorist” in a classroom discussion about environmental activists.
  • Ultimately, the officers were satisfied that Smith’s son was not the next Osama bin Laden. He was asked to return to class and the subject was never raised again.
  • Smith said of her son’s questioning. “He was just so happy with the school. He felt so comfortable. When this happened it really made him check his identity and how people see him.”

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