A harrowing photograph capturing the appalling moment in a Melbourne park shows the 12-year-old Jewish student on his knees kissing the shoe of a Muslim boy, allegedly after a group 12 and 13-year-old’s threatened him with violence.
AJN The mother of the 12-year-old said her son was lured to a park by a classmate from Cheltenham Secondary College, with a promise of a kick of the footy (soccer?).
But when the student arrived, he was given the ultimatum: Bow down and kiss the feet of a Muslim child, or face the threat of violence by the nine other 12 and 13-year-olds. Vastly outnumbered, the student complied. The incident was photographed, filmed and posted on Instagram.
In the ensuing months, the student was also subjected to antisemitic slurs including “Jewish ape”, “Jewish nigger” and “Jewish gimp”. He was followed home from school daily, and physically assaulted in the school corridor with the bully attacker shouting he is “a cooked up Jewish cunt.”
“He had been punched in the face. The whole left side of his back was bruised. He had a gouge of skin out of his shoulder,” the student’s mother told The AJN on the condition of anonymity. As a result, the student required a visit to hospital, and suffered from acute anxiety.
But the school refused to acknowledge the events as antisemitic, explains the student’s mother. Following the park incident, she reported it to the school, “They said, it didn’t happen on school grounds. There is nothing we can do about it. Just go to the police if you think it is a matter for the police, and you know, we can’t really do much about banter.”
In another instance of anti-Semitic abuse in a Melbourne school, a five-year-old Jewish student began wetting himself in class after he was subjected to antisemitic bullying over the course of four months.