The mother and uncle of a three year old boy who was sent to  nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon wearing a top bearing the words “I am a bomb”, cannot see what the fuss is about.

According to media report this child was born on September 11 2009, given the name Jihad by his family then made to wear counterproductive clothing for a nursery school and the family is astonished at the complaints made against them.

Apparently, the French authority charged both the mother and uncle with condoning a crime, over the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

As per media report the child’s uncle was responsible for purchasing the top, but that was no reason for a mother to dress her child in such a garment given the sensitivity of the 9/11 attacks.  How could one not know that to put your child in such apparel would be seen as using the child to convey a political message.

The French authority and its citizens have every reason to condemn the attitude of these adults.  One would have to be extremely naive not to know that this kind of behaviour is counterproductive, even if as suggested in the media, they are not known to be Islamists, their actions were definitely unwise.

This is also a reminder to us that freedom of expression and speech in a democracy is vital, but one has to balance that and not with stupidity.  We are responsible for the well-being of our children, therefore the way we dress a child is an extension of ourselves and we should not use the innocence of a child to say or do things which as parents we know to be wrong.

By Sandrea: My Opinion

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