The last we heard about the infamous Aussie Muslim placard boy, he had apparently “found the sign on the street and was caught up in the hype during the demonstrations.” At least according to the Lebanese Muslim Association president.
Now the boy’s mother has offered another, equally intelligence-insulting explanation.
The mother who gave her young child a sign reading “behead all those who insult the prophet” has reportedly told police she did not know what the word “behead” meant.
The 28-year-old Jordanian woman presented herself to police on Monday night after she heard that authorities wanted to track her and the child down.
A photo of the four-year-old boy holding the sign in Sydney’s Hyde Park has become one of the most circulated images from last Saturday’s riots.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione dubbed the sign “incomprehensible” and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell called on child protection services to investigate the woman.
But the mother, who has been living in Australia for only two years, has told detectives she did not know what the sign meant, the Daily Telegraph reports.
She reportedly said she picked up the placard in Hyde Park and carried it for a while and then encouraged her son to pose with it because she recognised the word “prophet” and just assumed it was a message supporting the Muslim prophet Muhammed.
“She said she didn’t know what ‘behead’ meant,” a police source was quoted as saying.
The mother added that she was embarrassed by the “fuss” the image had created but insisted she only brought the child to the protest because she did not expect it to become violent.
Word on the street is that she thought the word “behead” referred to this character:
But even then, she’s have some more explaining to do.
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