A Jewish schoolboy was forced to kiss the shoe of a Muslim boy or face a vicious beating at the hands nine other children, it has emerged.
The harrowing photograph capturing the appalling moment comes amid claims of widespread anti-Semitism, which also saw a five-year-old Jewish boy begin wetting himself after experiencing vicious bullying from his young classmates.
The five-year-old and 12-year-old boys attended schools in Melbourne, Australia, and were both withdrawn from class by their distraught parents who scolded senior staff for ‘refusing to address’ the issues.
Both incidents took place this year and have prompted Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission to declare a ‘rapidly spreading’ crisis involving anti-Semitic bullying in state schools across the region.
Appalling: The photograph taken from one of the harrowing incidents shows the 12-year-old boy on his knees kissing the shoe of a Muslim boy, allegedly after a group of nine 12 and 13-year-old’s threatened him in a park
The photograph taken from one of the harrowing incidents shows the 12-year-old boy on his knees kissing the shoe of a Muslim boy, allegedly after a group of nine 12 and 13-year-old’s threatened him in a park.
The image was then widely shared on social media, compounding the boy’s humiliation.
No disciplinary action has been taken against the group of boys involved in the incident so far.
Meanwhile, the five-year-old’s mother said her child was left so distressed by his classmate’s bullying he began wetting his pants and making up an excuse to miss school.
One morning the torment became too much to bare as he broke down to his mother.
‘He literally fell down on the floor and said, ”Mummy, you shouldn’t love me. I’m a worthless, Jewish rodent. I’m vermin”,’ his mother told the Australian Jewish News.
His mother then found out her son had been bullied by five other children on a daily basis in his school’s bathrooms.
He became the victim of a series of anti-Semitic slurs including insults such as ‘dirty Jew’ and ‘Jewish cockroach’.
When bringing up the issue with his school, the student’s mother said the only solution given was to allow the child to use another bathroom.
She even suggested the school educate their students about anti-Semitism, but that was rejected.
‘They refused to accept there was anti-Semitic issue. ”It’s not anti-Semitism, it’s just bullying”. The principal said, ”I don’t want to make other students feel uncomfortable.”,’ the mother said.
The second child who was subjected to anti-Semitic bullying was so badly beaten he was sent to hospital.
In a humiliating video he was forced to kiss the shoe of another classmate in fears he would get bashed by the nine surrounding children.
His classmates hurled abuse at him calling him names such as ‘Jewish n*****r’ and a ‘cooked up Jewish c**t’.
Both children were so badly bullied that they un-enrolled from their schools (file image)
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti- Defamation Commission, Australia’s leading civil rights organisation, who was approached by the parents of the victims, told Daily Mail Australia no child should be singled out for their religion.
‘This is stain on Victoria’s education system that will long endure. Bullying and harassment of Jewish students at public schools is a deeply embedded virus that is reaching pitch-fever and should alarm us all. We are gradually reaching a point of no return,’ Mr Dvir said.
‘To think that in 2019 Jewish pupils are subjected to violence, verbal insults and taunts, bigoted jokes, social exclusion, demeaning text messages and malicious Facebook posts is heartbreaking.
‘The kids are shaken and traumatised. Too often, parents are concerned that the antisemitic abuse will escalate if they notify the school since their child will become even a bigger target.
‘The ADC stands ready and willing to work with the Victorian government to deal with this sad phenomenon.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the schools for comment.