The training secretary says an alleged bullying incident by which an 11-year-old boy misplaced a finger is “sickening” – as he spoke of his personal bullying ordeal as a toddler.
Nadhim Zahawi advised Sky News he was decided to “stamp out” racism in faculties after teenager Raheem Bailey had his finger amputated following an alleged assault by a bunch of kids in South Wales.
The 54-year-old cupboard minister stated he was bullied and racially abused himself after he moved to the UK from Iraq as a toddler.
In one incident, he stated he was thrown in a pond by bullies who then “dunked” his head beneath the water as “entertainment”.
Raheem’s mom Shantal Bailey advised how her son was crushed, kicked and pushed to the bottom by a bunch of kids at college earlier this week.
The little boy tried to flee, Ms Bailey stated, however bought his finger caught whereas climbing a fence, and it later needed to be amputated.
Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Zahawi stated the alleged incident was “sickening” and “we always need to do more” to sort out racism and bullying.
“I suffered bullying when I first arrived on these shores,” he stated.
“I couldn’t speak English and it was hard.
“I bear in mind my first expertise, my first faculty was Holland Park School, being chased across the park as a form of leisure for larger boys after which throwing me within the pond, dunking my head down within the pond.
“Pretty horrific for a child who has just arrived on these shores.”
Mr Zahawi stated he didn’t know if there was a racist factor to the bullying he suffered.
“It was a long time ago, but I’ve certainly been at the receiving end of other racist slurs, words,” he added.
“I was called a p*ki at school and I had to explain if they mean I’m from Pakistan, I’m not from Pakistan. I’m actually from a place called Iraq, and I’m of Kurdish origin. It’s called Kurdistan.
“It’s a horrible factor and I’m decided to stamp it out, as I’m decided to stamp anti-Semitism in our faculties or in our universities.
“There’s no place for racism anywhere in our society, let alone in education.”
Raheem’s mom stated her son had been going through “racial and physical abuse” in addition to being bullied about his top since he began secondary faculty at Abertillery Learning Community in south Wales in September.
She described his plight on a GoFundMe web page with a goal of £10,000 which she set as much as increase cash for a prosthetic finger and cash to help his restoration. It has now raised greater than £73,000.
A spokeswoman for Abertillery Learning Community advised Wales Online: “We are currently working closely with Gwent Police and the Local Authority to establish the full details of the incident.
“The well-being and security of our pupils and workers stays of paramount significance.”