By Oisin Sweeney • 31 January 2021 • 21:53
The boy's flagged comments on "guns and bombs" actually referenced popular video game Fortnite - Image Source: Pixabay
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy was referred to the UK’s anti-extremist body due to comments he made referring to “guns and bombs” in the Fortnite video game.
The four-year-old boy, a Muslim child from the West Midlands, was referred to the UK’s Prevent anti-extremist body when supervisors at his after school club overheard him referring to “guns and bombs” hidden in his shed.
Transcripts of his actual comments revealed the boy was talking about Fortnite – a wildly popular video game in which 350 million worldwide players hunt for weapons in a digital battleground. He had watched an older cousin play the game the night before while staying in his father’s house.
His case was referred to Prevent, which has seen 624 children under the age of six flagged to its service between 2016 and 2019. Another 1405 kids aged between six and nine have had their cases passed on to the anti-extremist body.
The boy’s mother told The Guardian that she believes her son’s referral would not have occurred if their family had not been Muslim, and that following the report she had worried that armed police would arrive at her home. Recently released Home Office statistics have revealed that the majority of cases referred to anti-extremist bodies are related to the far-right political ideology – not radical Islam as was previously the case.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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