Mother Sends Son Named ‘Jihad’ To School in Bomb T-Shirt

A French mother has apologized in court for sending her three-year-old son, Jihad, to school in a t-shirt with the words “I am a bomb.”

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Lawyer Gaelle Genoun (R) leaves Avignon's courthouse on December 19, 2012, with her client, the mother of a three-year old named Jihad who was born on September 11, who went on trial for sending him to school in a top with "I am a bomb" written on it.

Boucha Bagour apologized during a second court appearance in southern France Wednesday for sending her three-year-old son, Jihad, to school wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase “I am a bomb,” Sky News reports.

And if that wasn’t controversial enough, the back of the shirt also bears the words, “Jihad, born September 11.” Bagour appeared in court alongside her brother, Zeyad Bagour, who gave the shirt to his nephew as a gift and said he “had no intention to provoke or shock.”

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But the shirt certainly alarmed school officials at Jihad’s preschool in the town of Sorgues in southern France who alerted local authorities after spotting the controversially clad toddler in class.

“For me, this is the name of my son and his date of birth,”Bagour said, defending her decision in court.  The mother provided her son’s official records to support her statement. The turn of phrase plays on the French saying, “Je suis la bombe,” which is slang for “I am the best,” Sky New notes. The two are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the 9/11 attacks in 2001, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Bagour said in her apology that she thought the people might view the shirt as comical. Following the incident, town mayor Thierry Lagneau, a member of the conservative UMP party, requested an investigation.

Lawyer Claude Avril said in court, “Idiocy is often the best alibi to hide the real intentions.”

“The most scandalous thing is that they’ve used and manipulated a three-year-old child to voluntarily convey the words of a terrorist.”

Bagour and her brother maintain they had no intention to cause controversy. The mother faces a fine of about $1,300 and her brother would be fined around $3,900 if found guilty. The decision is set for April 10.

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23 comments
Glosschuck
Glosschuck

Somebody should blow her children up.  Then ask her how clever she thinks she is.



csmithshaw
csmithshaw

suppose someone had seen the child dressed like that and because they have been hurt by terrorism walked up to the child 

and hit the child /that i would think would be the danger /this woman put her child at risk of physical assault and should be investigated by the social services as to whether she is a fit mother

wjleigh
wjleigh

Poor taste, but how is this a crime?  And how is a statement like “Idiocy is often the best alibi to hide the real intentions," a serious statement in a court of law?  People have the right to be stupid and insensitive.

AChangeIsComing
AChangeIsComing

Not in southern France.  In fact, in France and Germany, its illegal to promote Nazism. 

jamesconrad2u
jamesconrad2u

Think this is just a court that needs money. Family joke misunderstood. I see nothing wrong with it. Think they would jump if the kid passed gas in class though. 

evelynhawa
evelynhawa

that doesn't call for alarm, a baby of 3 years can't be used as a bomber, guys straiten up your minds, its like when a co-wife laughs, you assume she is mocking you or something!! mmm!!

chacalcdn1
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Never mind, just send them back to islam with 72 t-shirts


Muphasa
Muphasa like.author.displayName 1 Like

That's just as bad as that couple that named there son satan and sent him to kindergarten thinking its ok and it's on his birth certificate some people are just too stupid to have kids

Muphasa
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Mother of the year

Muphasa
Muphasa

Classical French people offend everybody and claim they didn't mean any harm

traderjim7
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They aren't ethnic French; they are stinking muslim immigrannts from North Africa.

cpallen0426
cpallen0426

@traderjim7 strange, I couldn't find any evidence in any articles I read that they were immigrants, not that they were or weren't, just wondering

cpallen0426
cpallen0426

@traderjim7 I don't have to guess, there are facts. She is Muslim. But an African in the US is still an American if they were born in the US. Immigration status isn't related to ethnicity. Just stating its a conclusion not based in known facts. 

traderjim7
traderjim7

The mother's name is Bouchra Bagour.  I found it in the Washington Post.  It doesn't sound ethnic French to me; it sounds like a name from North Africa.  I will let you guess what religion she is.  I am certain it is the religion of peace.

universal93
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Jihad will never get a US visa and would already have entered the FBI list and also the "no fly" passengers to US.

traderjim7
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Yes, you are right, the US would never let him in.  However, they will let in thousands of others just like him whose name isn't Jihad.

universal93
universal93

@traderjim7 If thousands come in through laws of common-sense, nothing will happen. But if one person is let in using hype, high-man-ship, politics, i-am-superior-attitude -- this has proved to be a costly lapse..! 'Too much knowledge is dangerous' was not said in vain..!