Readings — From the July 2016 issue

Little Terrors

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From summaries of incidents reported in U.K. schools since the initiation of Prevent, a government counterterrorism program. Schoolteachers and staff are required to monitor their students for signs of extremist behavior. Children determined to be at risk are referred to a deradicalization course.

A high-school boy wore a free palestine badge to school.

A fourteen-year-old boy refused to participate in music lessons, citing a religious conflict.

A student read articles and watched documentaries that were created by a Middle Eastern news agency.

A boy attempted to check out a book about terrorism that was available in his school library.

A high-school boy gave a presentation on the historical Islamic state in order to show the difference between that concept and ISIS.

An eight-year-old boy who was a fan of Marvel television cartoons wrote about violence and guns in a homework assignment.

A fourteen-year-old boy used the word “ecoterrorists” during a classroom discussion about deforestation.

A ten-year-old boy misspelled “terraced house” as “terrorist house” on a writing assignment.

A four-year-old boy described to teachers a picture he drew of his father cutting a cucumber.

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