Staff at a nursery in England suggested referring a four-year-old boy to a counter-terrorism unit after he mispronounced the word “cucumber” as “cooker comb.”
When a four-year-old boy drew a picture of a man cutting a cucumber and mispronounced the vegetable’s name as a “cooker bomb,” the staff at his nursery became concerned.
The nursery tried to refer the case to Channel, a counter-terrorism program, but the boy’s mother refused to sign the referral.
“I said, ‘I’m not a terrorist, my son is not a terrorist,’” the boy’s mother told the nursery staff.
Rather than referring the case to Channel, the nursery forwarded the case to a panel of police and social services, who quickly decided no further action was necessary.
The boy’s mother said she was “baffled” by the incident.
“[The member of the staff] kept saying this one picture of the man cutting the cucumber, which she said to me is a ‘cooker bomb’, and I was baffled,” the mother told the BBC Asian Network.