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Shukri Abdi: We demand justice

Background

Action

Model Letters

 

Background

The body of Shukri Abdi, a Somali refugee was on Thursday 22nd June recovered from the River Irwell at midnight in Lancashire, Bury.

The official report is that Shukri drowned after entering the water to possibly cool off from the heat. Despite being bullied at Broad Oak Sports College which she attended, this is not being treated as a suspicious case and has been deemed a ‘tragic incident’ by the Greater Manchester Police.

Given this official report however, outrage has ensued on twitter following some unconfirmed allegations that Shukri Abdi had bite marks on her body and that a man may have allegedly witnessed her murder (dismissed as drunk by the police). Additionally, given that Shukri was unable to swim, many are speculating on the suspicious circumstances regarding her death- namely why she would have willingly approached the water. Whilst we wait on more information to emerge as well as the veracity of such allegations, some action steps are listed below.

Action

  1. Sign the petition demanding an investigation into bullying policy at Broad Oak Sports College Bury, Lancashire
  2. Write to James Frith MP:
  3. Write to Broad Oak Sports College
  4. Write to the Greater Manchester Police
  5. Aid Shukri’s family financially

 

Model Letters

Email template to James Frith MP

contact@jamesfrith.org

Dear []

Re: Shukri Abdi’s case

I am writing to voice my concern about the treatment of 12-year-old Shukri Abdi’s case which was recently dismissed as an accident. I am sure you are aware of the specifics of her unfortunate death which has been treated as a ‘tragic incident’.

I am concerned about the way this case has been treated and urge you to reconsider how Shukri’s case has been handled in light of her family’s reaction and Shukri being a victim of bullying. I am calling on you to investigate Broad Oak Sports College for potential negligence, failed safeguarding and a culture of harassment that not only led to the atrocious bullying of Shukri Abdi over a prolonged period of time but also the suicide of a teacher prior to this.

I urge you to consider the possibility:

  • That there was foul play involved in Shukri’s tragic death.
  • That there was negligence and a failure in safeguarding on the part of Broad Oak Sports College.

 

I look forward to your response regarding this urgent matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

[Signature]

[Name]

 

Email template to Broad Oak Sports College

Broad Oak Sports College

Email: broadoak@bury.gov.uk

Dear []

Re: Shukri Abdi’s case

I am writing to voice my concern about the culture of bullying and harassment that may have been a factor leading up to death of 12- year-old Shukri Abdi who attended Broad Oak Sports College.

I am concerned about the way this case has been treated and urge you to reconsider how Shukri’s case of bullying was handled. I am calling on you to investigate potential negligence, failed safeguarding and a culture of harassment at Broad Oak Sports College that not only led to the atrocious bullying of Shukri Abdi over a prolonged period of time but also the suicide of a teacher prior to this.

I am urging you to use this incident as a catalyst to reform your anti-bullying policy in school as well as safeguarding policies for vulnerable children such as Shukri Abdi.

I urge you to consider the possibility:

  • That there was foul play involved in Shukri’s tragic death.
  • That there was negligence and a failure in safeguarding on the part of Broad Oak High School.

 

I look forward to your response regarding this urgent matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

[Signature]

[Name]

 

 

Email template for the Greater Manchester Police:

Follow this link to send a general enquiry

https://www.gmp.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/contact-us-to-discuss-something-else/

Dear []

Re: Shukri Abdi’s case

I am writing to voice my concern about the treatment of 12-year-old Shukri Abdi’s case which was recently dismissed as an accident. I am sure you are aware of the specifics of her unfortunate death which has been treated as a ‘tragic incident’. I however have reason to believe that following reports of her prolonged bullying at Broad Oak Sports College there may have been foul play involved.

Shukri’s family members have mentioned that everything that happened during that day was out of character for her, including the fact that she would not have approached the water due her not being able to swim.

I am concerned about the way this case has been treated and urge you to reconsider how Shukri’s case has been handled in light of her family’s reaction and Shukri being a victim of bullying.

I urge you to consider the possibility:

  • That there was foul play involved.
  • That there was negligence on the part of Broad Oak Sports College.

 

I look forward to your response regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Name]

 

 

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