Family says US school made disabled child sign terrorism confession

iStock [www.istockphoto.com]

New York — The family of a 12-year-old Muslim special-needs student in New York says in a civil rights lawsuit that school officials forced him to sign a false confession saying he was a terrorist.

According to Newsday, the lawsuit says bullies called seventh-grader Nashwan Uppal a terrorist and asked when he was going to blow up their East Islip (EYE'-slihp) school.

His family says because of his learning disability, Nashwan mimicked the older students and replied that he would "blow up the school fence".

The lawsuit says school officials screamed at Nashwan and ordered him to confess that he was "part of ISIS," an acronym for the Islamic State group, and "knew how to make bombs". It says his mother was told he was being suspended for criminal activity".

The school district declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 4071 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2771 votes
No, I don't think they need it
36% - 3912 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.29
(-0.52)
ZAR/GBP
21.24
(-0.12)
ZAR/EUR
18.29
(-0.11)
ZAR/AUD
11.81
(-0.08)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.10)
Gold
1700.44
(+0.04)
Silver
25.20
(+0.16)
Platinum
1128.01
(+0.31)
Brent Crude
69.67
(+3.93)
Palladium
2329.95
(+0.62)
All Share
68271.19
(+0.78)
Top 40
62788.64
(+0.87)
Financial 15
12759.80
(+0.67)
Industrial 25
87613.31
(-0.32)
Resource 10
70801.78
(+2.36)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo