Six students have been excluded for making death threats to a classmate on Facebook – because he posted comments supporting BRITISH troops.
Five Muslim boys, all aged 12, threatened to attack terrified Darius Gill, 13, with knuckle dusters and knives. One white girl, also 12, has been excluded.
The chilling threats came hours after Darius – whose father is Asian – posted a touching tribute to the thousands of squaddies who have lost their lives defending Britain.
But a gang of pupils at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry – a predominantly Muslim area – expressed outrage at Darius’ patriotism.
One message – littered with spelling mistakes – said: ”Fight on Monday gonna be heavy knuckle dusters nd knifes hopefully I don’t die.”
His pal added: ”ill bang him ma slef am a terrorist.”
One of the thugs also posted a chilling picture of himself holding a rifle.
Shockingly, other pupils – who have set up a Muslim Defence League which celebrates British deaths in Afghanistan – also added comments condemning Darius.
Fortunately Darius’ mother Clare Allington read the comments on Monday morning – the day of the promised attack – and immediately pulled her son out of school.
Today Clare, 42, from Coventry, said: ”I logged on and it broke my heart. I was reading all sorts about knuckle dusters, knives and death.
”They were planning to attack him at school that day so I rang the school straight away.
”I usually keep an eye on what Darius posts on Facebook.
”I have his password and usually check it every day but didn’t last weekend until I was at the Warwick University campus on Monday.
”If I hadn’t read the threats and pulled my son out of school he could be dead.
”They might just be school children but they are fanatical and dangerous. The threats have to be taken seriously.
”My son wrote supporting the British troops in Afghanistan and also said he was sad so many soldiers had died.
”The so-called Muslim Defence League which has been set up in the school by a number of pupils believe that Darius should join them in hating British soldiers.
”It’s appalling and extremely upsetting for Darius.”
Shockingly, one of the yobs today bragged about being quizzed by police and still threatened to attack Darius.
He posted: ”IM IN TROUBLE WIV DE POLICE CUZ OF SUSSPICIAN OF THREAT TO DARIUS OVER FB U HAVE A RITE TO REMAIN SILENCE!!! (JOKES) BUT IM IN TROUBLLE WIV DE POLICE IM BANGGIN DARIUS THURSDAY NO1 JUMP IN 1 v 1.”
Principal Wendy Thomas said: ”Two boys are going to be excluded until we are able to meet with the parents and resolve the issue.
”We will also be in contact with each and every pupil who also posted offensive comments to say they will not be allowed to return to school until they remove the comments from Facebook.
”What the children have done is out of order and unacceptable and we have taken the matter very seriously.”