A French mother has come under fire after she sent her 3-year-old son named “Jihad” to school wearing t-shirt declaring himself a bomb with a Sept. 11 date on it.
Although the boy’s mother, Bouchra Bagour, 35, has changed her story several times, originally claiming it was joke and then following up with her current story — that the boy was born on Sept. 11 and she was only trying to honor his birthday, she now faces some serious consequences under France law.
The actual verbiage on the t-shirt read, “I am a bomb” on the front and “Jihad, born on 11 September” on the back.
French prosecutors were not amused when Bagour came before a judge on Wednesday to explain why she would put Jihad in a t-shirt glorifying 911.
Bagour was actually charged with “glorifying crime” and “defending terrorism.” If convicted, Bagour and her brother, Zeyad Bagour, who helped create the t-shirt, could face ups to five years in prison and fines of up to several thousand dollars.
According to France24, one of the prosecutors said, “Who can claim that this is not a direct and scandalous allusion to terrorism?”
Bagour’s brother also insisted that the t-shirt was made out of innocence, claiming they were never trying to defend the 911 attacks.
Bagour claims that Jihad was actually born on Sept. 11 and although the shirt may have been a little “tactless” in retrospect, she was only trying to celebrate the boy’s birthday and wasn’t even thinking of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 in the U.S. when she made the t-shirt.