French Woman Sends Son Named Jihad to School in 9/11 T-Shirt

by Andrew Johnson

A French mother is on trial for charges of “glorifying crime” after sending her son to school in a rather explosive T-shirt that referred to 9/11. Last September, Bouchra Bagour dropped off her son Jihad at school in a shirt that read “I am a bomb” and “Born on 11 September.” Bagour claims that she just wanted to accent her son’s birthday with the shirt, and that she put it on him “without stopping to think about” the connection to the 2001 attacks.

While she now understands why the shirt would be considered controversial and “tactless,” she insisted it was not intended to show support for terrorists; her brother Zeyad, who purchased the shirt and is also facing charges, claimed the shirt was not an effort to “defend a cause.” But the prosecutor was not buying it: “Who can claim that this is not a direct and scandalous reference to terrorism?” He called for fines of 1,000 and 3,000 euros for Bouchra and Zeyad, respectively.

The trial was adjourned yesterday and will resume next month.

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