Javid ‘punched’ at school

December 21 2018

HOME Secretary Sajid Javid has said that he was a victim of racist bullying during his school years in Downend.

In a recent interview the MP said he had been upset by video footage of a teenage Syrian refugee being attacked in a Yorkshire school playground, because it reminded him of an incident in his own childhood.

Mr Javid, aged 49, said he had been "punched to the ground" at the age of 11 because he was Asian.

At the time of the incident Downend’s main secondary school was Stockwell Hill Comprehensive School. It merged with Page School for Girls the following academic year, in 1982, to become Downend Comprehensive School.

Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that his memories of the incident “flooded back” when he was shown the footage of the incident in Huddersfield, adding: "Obviously I hated it and I thought how that young boy must feel.”