An asylum seeker who claimed he was 15 and joined a Yr 11 class at a secondary college is now being handled as an grownup.



An investigation was launched earlier this month when kids at Stoke Excessive Faculty in Ipswich raised considerations in regards to the age of a brand new pupil, who enrolled in September.


The query of his age got here to mild when college students despatched Snapchat pictures of the person with the caption “how’s there a 30-year-old man in my maths class?”


The House Workplace has now confirmed that an age evaluation, accomplished by the native authority, has verified that the person is over the age of 18.


A spokesperson mentioned: “We’re totally dedicated to safeguarding kids and are wanting into the circumstances of this case to know the way it was dealt with.”


Dad and mom had been livid over the incident – with the Mirror reporting that some college students had been pulled out of faculty on account of the person’s presence within the classroom.


One mom mentioned: “The query is, how did not the House Workplace or the academics see what was blindingly apparent to everybody else?


“Heads have to roll and us mother and father will not relaxation till we get a full rationalization of what went incorrect.”


College students reportedly found pictures on Fb the place he appeared to have a beard and drink beer.


The person, who’s believed to be from Iran, was suspended from the college and could possibly be deported as he’s now being processed as an grownup asylum seeker.


In 2016, 580 baby asylum seekers – of a complete 9,800 purposes – had their standing challenged by the House Workplace. In 61% of these 580 instances, it was determined that the kid was over 18.


If there’s a doubt about somebody’s age as a part of an immigration case, the House Workplace can organize for social employees to undertake an age evaluation.


The claimant have to be handled as an grownup if their bodily look and manner “very strongly means that they’re considerably over 18 years of age”.


Assessments of bodily look can embrace indicators of age reminiscent of top, construct, facial hair and voice pitch when there is no such thing as a dependable documentary proof to assist their claimed age.


The age of teenage asylum seekers turned a problem of nationwide scrutiny in 2016 when unaccompanied baby migrants had been admitted to the UK.


MP David Davies tweeted pictures of them saying “these do not appear to be ‘kids’ to me”.


Teams working with baby migrants say baby asylum seekers are left traumatised by invasive age checks constructed on a tradition of disbelief towards these claiming sanctuary within the UK.




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