10-Year-Old Threatens to Behead 7-Year-Old

Boy threatens to behead 7-year-old student (UPI)

A 10-year-old boy, who allegedly threatened to behead 7-year-old classmate Nathan Williams outside their school in Dudley, England, has been expelled. The grandfather of the alleged victim said the unidentified 10-year-old of Asian descent might have been influenced by recent gruesome scenes from Iraq on television, the Mirror reported Monday. “What the boy did must be connected to what’s happening in the news with terrorists beheading people,” said the victim’s grandfather, Paul Williams. “He must be copying what he’s seen.”

Police allege the boy boasted to friends he was “a trainee Iraqi assassin” and a few days later he waved a Stanley knife under Williams’ chin, saying, “I’m going to cut your head off.”

The incident occurred three days after the beheading of U.S. hostage Jack Hensley in Iraq last month; however it only came to light after British hostage Ken Bigley had been executed by his captors.

This would almost be funny if the backstory weren’t so horrific. What a surreal world these kids are growing up in.

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  1. Tom says:

    Great. Now the censorship discussion should be commencing right. about. now.

  2. keith taylor says:

    Surreal world? I see you’re familiar with Dudley, then 🙂

  3. Beverly Thomas says:

    I dont get it. If beheading is something that their religion accepts and condones, then why do they hide behind masks? Usually when people do something in the name of God they do it with pride and allow the world to see them. I think they are a bunch of cowards that hide behind their face coverings and use several people to hold down a bound man while one of them cuts his head off. I dont know what kind of God they have but they certainly dont worship a peaceful gentle God.

  4. paladin says:

    Thank God my son would rather tinker with engines in the garage than watch TV!