Hitting the headlines this week is the story of a 10 year old boy who just over a year ago was investigated and identified by the Government’s Prevent programme, as being at risk of Radicalisation.
The story describes how suspicions were raised when the young boy, whose identity has never been revealed, stood up in front of his primary school classroom in West London, UK, and declared his support of the so-called Islamic State. A declaration that led to a series of interventions from his teachers, child services and the Government’s Prevent team.
Upon investigation it becomes apparent that Haaruun, as the young boy is referred to, began his interest in ISIS after seeing the news of the Paris Attacks on the TV. Curious, Haaruun went straight onto the internet at home to research and in no time came across brutal videos containing graphic scenes of execution, some of which were being carried out by young boys of the same age.