"Mother who named son ‘Jihad’ to face trial in France" Metro
A mother who sent her three-year-old son to school dressed in a T-shirt with the words ‘I am a bomb’ on it will face trial.
The boy’s shirt also had ‘Jihad, born on September 11′ on the back.
His unnamed mother and an uncle, who bought the long-sleeved shirt, are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the 9/11 attacks.
A teacher at the nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon, France, reported the incident when the youngster was dropped off on September 25.
Town mayor Thierry Lagneau, of the conservative UMP party, subsequently asked prosecutors to investigate.
‘I condemn the attitude of the parents who shamefully took advantage of the person and the age of this child to convey a political message,’ he said.
The trial has been set for March 6 next year. The pair made no comment as they left the courthouse. Records show the boy was born on September 11, 2009 and was named Jihad.