She knew what she was doing….but….
In what should be an intense parent-teacher discussion, in France, becomes a full blown court case. Welcome to hate speech, multicultural Europe.
French mother in court after sending three-year-old son named ‘Jihad’ to school in a T-shirt saying ‘I am a bomb’
- Bouchra Bagour, 35, charged with ‘glorifying crime’
- Insisted she had put it on him ‘without stopping to think about it’
- The back of the T-shirt read Born on 11 September
- At the start of her trial in Avignon, she denied defending terrorism
By JILL REILLY
PUBLISHED: 10:15 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 8 March 2013
A French mother has appeared in court after sending her three-year-old son named Jihad to school in a T-shirt saying ‘I am a bomb.’
Bouchra Bagour, 35, insisted she had put it on him ‘without stopping to think about it’ when he wore itto the nursery in Sorgues near Avignon on 24 September.
Bagour is charged with ‘glorifying crime.’
Teachers and the headteacher were shocked by the clothing and alerted authorities.
A few days later the town mayor, Thierry Lagneau of the conservative UMP party, asked prosecutors to investigate.
I condemn the attitude of the parents who shamefully took advantage of the person and the age of this child to convey a political message,’ Lagneau said at the time.
At the start of her trial in Avignon, she denied defending terrorism through the T-shirt message.
‘I thought it might make people laugh,’ she said, according to Le Parisien.
The expression plays on the popular French saying ‘Je suis la bombe’, which translates roughly as ‘I am the best’.
The back of the T-shirt read ‘Born on 11 September,’ but Bagour insisted it was only a reference to her son’s date of birth.
Ms Bagour’s brother – who gave the T-shirt to her three-year-old son is a co-defendant in the case and also denies the charge.
Zeyad Bagour said he he was not trying to promote a message by buying the T-shirt.
‘It’s the day his birth I wanted to highlight, not the year,’ he told the court.