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Teen Brutally Attacked By Gang (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A father in Denmark blames Somalis who "cannot integrate" for an Aug. 5 attack on his teenage son, which was captured on video (below). Now he's getting revenge by exposing the bullies' actions to the world. 

The footage reveals a group of Somali boys beating up Brian Anker's son, The Daily Express reports.

Anker says he had just dropped his son Noah off at a train station to play with his friends before the attack occurred.

"When he got there the atmosphere was strange," Anker recalled. "The Somalis did not speak Danish, but instead tried to talk in Somali to him. When Noah did not understand what they said, he wanted to go home. Then the Somalis began to attack him while they filmed the beating."

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Afterwards, the boys apologized for the attack, which Anker accepted. To help diffuse the situation, Anker also spoke to local mosques and Somali cultural organizations.

Yet when the footage was released on the internet, he grew enraged, adding he has "lost patience" with those "who cannot integrate."

After the civil war in 1993, many Somalis fled to Denmark, according to Open Society Foundations. After initially being accepted, many began to turn against them, and Somali children themselves experienced bullying.

“The teachers did not see very much [of the bullying]," a 24-year-old Danish Somali woman recalls. "At one point I felt it was normal, that it was not wrong to call me ‘golliwog’ or ‘ape,’ and I was supposed to laugh.”

Anker's angry statements reflects the growing tensions.

He added he hopes authorities "get hold of these kids so they can be helped before they are over 15 and become criminal for real," according to The Daily Express.

"Enough is enough," he said, adding he fears the gang might have a "schoolboy" hit list and will harm more. "We have to stand together and fight what is happening around us."

However, it appears Denmark in general may have a bullying problem among all of its children, regardless of race.

Reports reveal one in three public Danish schools lacked an adequate strategy to prevent bullying, The CPH Posts reports.

“We’ve spoken with students and teachers at schools that don’t have an anti-bullying strategy,” Naja Kinch Sohn, a project coordinator with Red Barnet, said.

“They explain they don’t feel prepared to tackle bullying," she added. "One of the steps is to take joint responsibility for bullying and ensure that everyone at school -- teachers, students, pedagogues, parents and the leadership -- know what to do when it occurs.”

Sources: The Daily ExpressOpen Society FoundationsThe CPH Post / Photo Credit: Facebook via The Daily Express

 

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