The mother and uncle of a three-year-old boy named ‘Jihad’ appeared in a French court for sending him to school in a top bearing the words “I am a bomb”. The T-shirt also had the words “Jihad, born on September 11” emblazoned on the back when he turned up at his nursery school.
Little Jihad likes to celebrate his (9/11) birthday by putting on a suicide belt and flying his remote controlled model airplane into buildings.
The Australian (h/t/ Frederic F) The mother and uncle of the boy, who official records show was born on September 11, 2009 and was given Jihad as his first name, were not known Islamists, prosecutors said (“not known” being the operative words here).
Jihad’s teacher alerted the authorities after he turned up in the offending top and a few days later the town mayor, Thierry Lagneau of the conservative UMP party, asked prosecutors to investigate. “I condemn the attitude of the parents who shamefully took advantage of the person and the age of this child to convey a political message,” Lagneau said.
The mother was astonished at the reaction to her son’s top and at the proportions the affair had taken on, they added.