Schoolgirl 'terrorised' by mob

By Leon Symons, February 5, 2009

A Birmingham school is looking into claims by a 12-year-old girl, its only Jewish pupil, that she was terrorised by a mob of 20 youths chanting “Kill all Jews” and “Death to Jews” on her way home from school on Friday.

Eden Simones-Jones and some friends were standing outside a shop at a bus stop on their way home from Moseley College.

She said: “One of my friends said an Asian girl from the year above asked her why she was talking to me because I am Jewish. I asked the girl in a friendly manner if she had a problem with me being Jewish. She said ‘yeah, I do’.

“I managed to punch her before she hit me but then she grabbed me by the hair and swung me around shouting ‘f****** Jews, I hate Jews’.

“But then another Asian girl rounded up a whole gang. They were all in school uniform and they came running towards me shouting ‘death to Jews’ and ‘kill all Jews.’”

Her father, David Simones-Jones, a member of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, who is a governor at the school, said: “We have taken Eden out of school and she will not return until this is dealt with. We have also reported the incident to the police.”

A spokeswoman for Moseley College said the head, Tim Boyce, was very concerned about the incident.

West Midlands police confirmed they were called to an incident in College Road near the school on Friday afternoon where a 12-year-old girl received racial abuse.

Last updated: 4:47pm, February 5 2009