Target: Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers
Goal: Launch investigation into accusation that a school interrogated a Muslim student until he signed a false confession about being a terrorist.
A 12-year-old student was interrogated by school faculty and bullied into signing a confession of his allegiance with ISIS and that he made bombs that he was planning to use on the school, according to a lawsuit. The child, Nashwan Uppal, reportedly has a severe learning disability and social problems. This and his Pakistani origins and religious faith have resulted in other kids bullying him on a regular basis.
According to the suit filed by Uppal’s parents, the young student was pulled from gym class the day after being mercilessly taunted by his peers at lunch. East Islip Free Union District Superintendent John Dolan, Principal Mark Bernard and Assistant Principal Jason Stanton reportedly then interrogated the frightened child, shouting at him and accusing him of being part of ISIS and planning to bomb the school fence.
After being forced to sign a “confession,” Uppal was allowed to call his mother, who was then told of the ridiculous accusations by one of the school officials. After his mother came to pick him up, they were escorted to their home by the police, who found absolutely no evidence of criminal activity or association with terrorists.
If these allegations are true, they are extremely alarming. No child should ever be treated like this by school officials. It is not the responsibility of administrators to interrogate students and force them to sign confessions. Police shouldn’t treat children like this, either, but it’s completely inexcusable for principals and superintendents to do so. Sign our petition to demand that the local Department of Justice investigate this report and punish anyone found guilty of such reprehensible actions.
Dear Mr. Capers,
According to a recently filed lawsuit, a 12-year-old Muslim child was shouted at and interrogated by school administrators until he was forced to sign a false confession about his allegiance to ISIS and plots to make bombs and attack a school fence. It’s unclear as to why this interrogation happened other than the fact that the student had been a victim of Islamophobic bullying from his peers.
The child, Nashwan Uppal, had his home searched by the police, who found no evidence of anything the school officials had accused him of. Regardless, middle school administrators should never aggressively interrogate students like this. Uppal is likely traumatized and may have to find another school.
The principal, superintendent, and all others involved in this horrible treatment of a young child deserve more of a punishment than being cited in a lawsuit. The school and these officials need to be investigated over these allegations, and anyone found guilty needs to be severely punished for their crimes.
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