As the nation paused on Remembrance Day to honour those who had sacrificed their lives for their country, one schoolboy felt particularly proud.
Moved by their bravery, Darius Gill penned a patriotic and heartfelt tribute to the soldiers who had lost their lives at war.
But unknown to the 13-year-old schoolboy, some of his peers took exception to his comments.
Darius Gill and his mother Clare Allington: She pulled her son out of school after he received death threats on Facebook
A gang of 12-year-old pupils made up of five Muslim boys and one white girl, began plotting a vicious attack on Darius – whose father is Asian – for supporting British troops.
The pupils, none of whom can be named for legal reasons, have now been suspended from a school in Coventry and may be expelled after posting their chilling threats online.
One message - littered with spelling mistakes - said: ‘Fight on Monday gonna be heavy knuckle dusters nd knifes hopefully I don't die.’
Another pupil added: ‘ill bang him ma slef am a terrorist.’
One member of the gang also posted a picture of himself holding a rifle and threatened to hijack a plane.
Other pupils - who have set up a Muslim Defence League which celebrates British deaths in Afghanistan - also added comments condemning Darius.
But fortunately, the schoolboy’s mother Clare Allington read the comments on Monday morning - the day of the promised attack - and immediately pulled her son out of school.
Yesterday, Mrs Allington, 42, a trainee teacher from Coventry, said: ‘I logged on and it broke my heart. I was reading all sorts about knuckle dusters, knives and death.
‘They were planning to attack him at school that day so I rang the school straight away.’
She added that she usually keeps an eye on her son’s posts on facebook.
The children were excluded from the Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry following the Facebook bullying campaign
‘I have his password and usually check it every day but didn't last weekend until I was at the Warwick University campus on Monday.
‘If I hadn't read the threats and pulled my son out of school he could be dead.
‘They might just be school children but they are fanatical and dangerous. The threats have to be taken seriously.’
Even yesterday, one of the yobs, who can’t be named because of their age, bragged about being quizzed by police and continued his threats to attack Darius.
He posted: ‘IM IN TROUBLE WIV DE POLICE CUZ OF SUSSPICIAN OF THREAT TO DARIUS OVER FB U HAVE A RITE TO REMAIN SILENCE!!! (JOKES) BUT IM IN TROUBLLE WIV DE POLICE IM BANGGIN DARIUS THURSDAY NO1 JUMP IN 1 v 1.’
The abuse and threats came after Darius posted two pictures showing British troops on Armistice Day on facebook.
On November 11, he wrote: ‘RIP TO ALL THE LADS WHO NEVER MADE IT HOME.’
He was then branded ‘racist’ and two of the accused pupils began a flurry of MSN messages to each other setting out what they were going to do to Darius.
One wrote to Darius on facebook saying ‘r u being racist?’ and criticised him for failing to acknowledge the dead soldiers in the Middle East.
Darius tried to explain that the poppies honoured British troops and also said he was remembering his great-great uncle who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 aged just 17.
The unnamed pupil’s facebook profile is full of chilling references to Islamic fundamentalism and shows a picture of him posing with an AK47 rifle.
He also penned a terrifying poem about hijacking a plane.
On November 12, he wrote: ‘You better watch what the **** flies outta ya mouth.
‘Or I'ma hijack a plane and fly it into your house Burn your apartment with your family tied to the couch.
‘And slit your throat, so when you scream, only blood comes out.’
Principal Wendy Thomas said facebook was an increasing concern for schools.
She said: ‘Darius is the victim of bullying. All the students involved have told me they did not mean what they said but they will learn a hard lesson from this.
‘Facebook is a big concern for schools and we urge all parents to monitor what their children say on the site.
‘As soon as the school was notified about the comments on Monday we interviewed the pupils.
‘No weapons were found on any of the pupils. We notified the police and they are investigating the incident.’
The students attend the 1,250-pupil Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry which caters for children aged 11-18. Muslim pupils make up 65 per cent of the pupils.
Mrs Allington added: ‘My son wrote supporting the British troops in Afghanistan and also said he was sad so many soldiers had died.
‘The so-called Muslim Defence League, which has been set up in the school by a number of pupils, believe that Darius should join them in hating British soldiers.
‘It's appalling and extremely upsetting for Darius.’
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