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Egyptian 10-year-old expelled for ‘inciting a revolution’ in Kuwait
When 10-year-old Bassem asked his teacher in Kuwait 'Why didn't you have a revolution in your country?' he didn't expect to be expelled from school for inciting a revolution
Ahram Online, Friday 3 Jun 2011
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An Egyptian boy poses with a sign in front of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Bassem, a ten-year-old Egyptian child residing with his parents in Kuwait, was expelled from school for asking his teacher “Why didn’t you have a revolution in your country?” according to the Kuwaiti Al-Ra’y (The Opinion) newspaper.

In fact, that simple question caused him to be blacklisted from any Kuwaiti school.

The child’s father, a professor at Kuwait University, was shocked to hear the news of his son’s suspension and the reason behind it. After receiving the news from his son, Bassem’s father went to the school to hear it for himself. The administration replied that he was suspended because he was “inciting a revolution in Kuwait.”

The father told the Kuwaiti Al-Ra’y newspaper that he had done all he could to convince the school to change the decision and that his son does not even understand the meaning of the word “revolution” and that he only picked it up from media channels, but to no avail.

After failing to convince the school, Bassem’s father said he went to the education headquarters to meet the general director, Roqaya Hussein, who informed him that the suspension decision cannot be reverted.

He then went to the ministry of education to meet the assistant secretary, Mona Al-Loghany, who echoed that Bassem was “inciting a revolution” and was, therefore, suspended.

Bassem’s father said his appeal arguing that his son’s teacher wrongly estimated the statement was not accepted, which means that his son will lose a whole academic year since the decision came at the end of his current school year.

The father said he also complained to Minister of Education Ahmed El-Melify, and the Egyptian Embassy has even interjected on his behalf to change the decision to suspend Bassem, which has come to nothing.

He concluded that he is putting his hopes in the legal administration currently looking into the case.





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John
08-03-2014 07:01pm
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Don't underestimate the youth
The simple fact that the system suspended him proves that freedom of speech doesn't exist in this god forsake-oh wait I can't say that because they're ain't no freedom of speech. I might start a revolution.
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Nabilah
03-07-2011 08:43pm
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10 year old revolutionary?
This is so insane. It is something stupid like they would do back in the States. My son had a birthday cake that had figures of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the captain had a pistol-about a half inch(maybe) long-you know, like the size for a 3 inch action figure-and the teacher told me to quickly remove it-if any of the kids picked it up that I or my child could be ARRESTED. It was a half inch piece of plastic-literally. The revolution is nothing, it's that kind of reaction that is scary.
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Colm O' Toole
06-06-2011 11:25pm
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Cheers
Certainly 3 cheers for Bassem he surely has a revolutionary spirit. He should start a protest outside his school until he is allowed to return !
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Asmaa Fayez
05-06-2011 03:25pm
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Wow
Wow. I am Kuwaiti and I find this ridiculous. I mean, he is just a 10 year old kid. It is normal for a kid to be curious at that age. Also, he saw that most of the other Arab countries had a revolution so I would of asked too, and in fact, I did ask. I am a seventh grader and I actually asked my teacher why didn't Kuwait have a revolution like the other countries? That is actually a good question to ask. I think its the teacher who is very silly to think that a 10 year old would do any harm to the country by asking such a question. I blame it on the teacher and the government for thinking a curious 10 year old would do any harm.
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Sami
04-06-2011 02:43pm
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Insane
Complete insanity. I feel sorry for the family.A tragic comedy of sorts.
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