In the United Kingdom, a three-year-old child from London has been deemed an extremist and placed in a government re-education program. Disturbingly, the young toddler is just one of hundreds of young people in the capital who have been labelled potential future extremists.
The child’s admittance to the program has been enforced under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which became law back in February this year. Under the act, educational facilities, including universities, are now required to assess whether any of their students are at risk of being drawn into terrorism and report any suspicions.
As reported by the Independent, “1,069 people have been put in the government’s anti-extremism ‘Channel’ process, the de-radicalisation programme at the heart of the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy.”
The three-year-old, who has become one of the latest child additions to the program, is from the London borough of Tower Hamlets. The toddler had been reported to authorities because their family was allegedly showing ‘suspect behavior’.
Although thousands of adults and older children have been referred to the government’s program, it appears their almost paranoid counter-extremism measures are also being applied to much younger age groups.
Since September 2014, 400 young people under the age of 18 have been referred to the ‘Channel’ scheme. It is believed that this high number is due to the increased number of London teenagers and children being drawn into militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
Unfortunately, as statistics have concluded that roughly half of the people who have traveled to join Isis were from London, the government is likely to maintain pressure on educational institutions and target young children and families living in ‘priority’ boroughs.
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