Parents of students at a Coventry School are rightly upset that school officials are more concerned about protecting the privacy of this illegal alien Muslim from Gambia (since when is Gambia at war?) alleged ‘asylum seeker’ than about British children who are forced to be in a class with him. Though his face is hidden, he is nearly bald and looks to be at least 40, or more than likely older.
The SUN (h/t Terry D) Coventry City Council was forced to send a letter to parents after the pupil took his place in classes earlier this month. The letter sparked fear among parents that the male did not possess a birth certificate or passport for officials to prove his age before enrolling.
A school spokesman has since told The Sun they had been able to verify the student’s age – but couldn’t reveal how. Photos of the student, an asylum seeker understood to be from Gambia, West Africa, were posted on Facebook after one schoolgirl shared the images in a private Snapchat questioning his age.
The girl’s mum said she was then called into school to discuss the issue with teachers and that they were concerned sharing photos of the new classmate amounted to bullying.
She said: “I said, ‘You can’t really blame the children [for talking about it] – he looks about 40’. “They sort of nodded and said, ‘Yes – we did have concerns but we’ve been told that he is in fact Year 11 age’. “I just felt a bit annoyed that the school was trying to shut down my daughter.
“I got the impression that they were just annoyed that it had caused them hassle and that they had to spend time reassuring parents. “The school has said it’s inappropriate for us to question his age. “There’s absolutely no way this boy looks 15. He looks at least 40 to me.”
Sarah Mills, head of education entitlement at Coventry City Council, penned the open letter last week following parents’ concerns. She said: “All local authorities and trusts are obliged to work within the guidance as set out by the Department for Education and also immigration processes.
“When pupils arrive in England and present an application for a school place, we – local authorities and schools – are obliged to process these applications. “If there are concerns or doubts regarding a pupil’s age at the time of application, schools and local authorities are able to ask for further evidence in the form of birth certificates and passports.
“However, please note, on some rare occasions if pupils arrive as asylum seekers and alone, i.e. without parents, these may not always be available. “
But the mum said: “They’ve claimed Coventry Council did the required checks and all the parents received a letter from them. “Reading between the lines of the letter, I read it that they had not managed to obtain documentation. “He’s got a receding hairline for God’s sake.”
One parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Metro: “Pupils were coming home saying there’s a man in our class, some were even saying they reckoned he could be aged up to 40.
From a suspended Twitter account, the following photo appears to be the “15-year-old pupil” in question: