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Mother Sends Son Named 'Jihad' To School Wearing 'I Am A Bomb' T-Shirt



AVIGNON - A French mother is to appear in court after dressing her three-year-old son, whom she named Jihad, in a t-shirt with the words "I am a bomb" written across his chest.

A nursery-school teacher alerted the police when her pupil came into school wearing the t-shirt, with his name written on his back and "Born September 11" beneath it.

Screenshot from Le Parisien

The mother has confirmed that little "Jihad" was in fact born September 11, 2009.

Contacted by La Provence newspaper, the mother said that she was "gob-smacked" that the incident had provoked so much controversy.

She told La Provence: "I didn't intend anything by it. The word "bomb" is used in the sense that he is a beautiful kid, nothing more." (In French, "bomb" is slang for "hot stuff").

"If it has shocked anyone then I am sorry, but I really didn't mean anything by it. I am Muslim, but I am not a practicing one. I live a European lifestyle. It's just a simple phrase on a t-shirt, there's nothing dangerous about it," she said.

According to Le Parisien, which has published a photo of the young boy, the t-shirt was given to him as a present from his uncle.

The 32-year-old Muslim woman and the boy's uncle will appear in court in Avignon on December 19, where they may face a suspended prison sentence and a symbolic fine of one euros.

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The Beast Among Us: Why Femicides Are Every Man's Responsibility

Why does the femicide of Giulia Cecchettin shake Italy but speaks to us all? Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why men must take more responsibility.

photo of a protest with men in the foreground pointing fingers

At the Nov. 25 rally in Ravenna, Italy against violence against women

Fabrizio Zani/ANSA via ZUMA
Ignacio Pereyra


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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