College student breaks neck after he was ordered to wrestle 15st teacher in Bradford

A COLLEGE student suffered a broken neck after he was ordered to wrestle a 15st teacher in class.

Imaam Usmin, 18, who weighed just 8st, was taking part in exercises to help further his dream of becoming a police officer.

Imaam Usmin recovering from broken neck after wrestling teacher
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Imaam Usmin is recovering from a broken neck after being forced to wrestle his teacher[/caption]

College staff took the teen and his classmates on a six-mile hike and made them take part in wheelbarrow and one-legged races in a park.

They then arranged wrestling bouts and told Imaam to grapple with a member of staff.

Imaam feared he stood no chance against the teacher who his family say was nearly twice his size.

He refused three times but was told he would be disciplined if he did not take part.

As he wrestled the member of staff he said he was lifted from the ground in a move he claimed ended with the teacher “falling on top of him.”

Imaam, of Bradford, said he felt a bone in his neck crack. He was left in agony and taken to hospital for treatment.

He said: “They took us on a six mile hike and then to a park. They made us do activities like wheelbarrow and one-legged races and then wrestling.

“I refused three times and then they said if I don’t do it they will put me on a behavioural report.”

I don’t know if I will be able to go back to college

Imaam Usmin

Imaam was given a neck brace at hospital but the injury did not heal and seven weeks later he needed surgery to replace a cracked bone with a metal plate.

He now fears the injury has dashed his hopes of joining the police force.

He added: ”I don’t know if I will be able to go back to college. Doctors have told me it will take three to four months to recover and, by the time I go back, college will be over.”

Imaam was on the Public Services course at Bradford College when the injury happened.


The course is designed for students hoping to join such professions as the police, the ambulance service or the prison service.

His dad Osman Usmin Sharif, 39, said the college should not have allowed the wrestling to go ahead.

He said: “This was a mis-match and they should not have made him wrestle.

“They have put a plate in his neck and he may struggle to look in blind spots. If he can’t do that, he can’t drive and can’t join the police.”

A Bradford College spokesman said: “The safety of students and staff is paramount and any incidents are treated with the utmost seriousness.

“This incident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive and a full investigation was launched in line with our policies and procedures.

“As that investigation remains ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment any further at this time except to say that we wish Imaam a full and speedy recovery.”

Imaams police officer dream may be ruined
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Imaam fears that his dream of pursuing a career as a police officer may now be ruined[/caption]

Imaam recovering in hospital after an operation on his neck
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Imaam recovering in hospital after an operation on his neck[/caption]

Imaam Usmin broken vertebrae
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The 18-year-old student broke a vertebrae in his neck during the wrestle[/caption]


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