Metro- A Muslim movie fan claimed he was treated like a terrorist and forced to quit college after he posted images of gun-wielding actors on social media three years ago.
Business student, Hasib Anwari, was investigated by police after teachers allegedly claimed he was an Islamic extremist. The 19-year-old said he was preparing to sit his final exam when police came to his home to quiz him on May 8 about pictures he had posted on Facebook.
Hasib said the images were taken from the 2012 movie Zero Dark Thirty, starring Chris Pratt and John Barrowman.
The teenager said he understood the police were doing their job, but he could not help feeling like he was being ‘treated like a terrorist’ by his teachers at West College Scotland’s campus in Paisley, Renfrewshire.
‘It turns out my classmates had been on my Facebook profile and saw some pictures of guys in movies holding guns that I had actually posted three years ago.
‘They called the police and told them that they thought I was an extremist, and that I was planning on travelling to the Middle East.
I am not going to defend a bunch of college kids being so intimidated by the presence of a Muslim person that they tracked down his FaceBook page, and flipped through THREE YEARS worth of posts to find anything they could possibly consider worrisome. Those kids were undoubtedly on some kind of racist witch hunt. However, if your name is Hasib then you have to be aware that discriminatory dickheads exist and you have to do everything you can to avoid their wrath. This is the equivalent of a male school teacher posting pictures of young children in bathing suits in the sense that it's the one thing that was sure to eventually get him in trouble. If you're Muslim, don't click send on pictures of terrorists. It's pretty cut and dry, and honestly - it doesn't seem like all that much to ask. Not saying the kid is a booked plane ticket from an ISIS membership, but I could see how someone might think that after getting wind of these...
Again, this kid probably was a "Muslim movie fan", but if we are being honest that just sounds like the socially acceptable way of saying "terrorist apologist". You post a bunch of pictures - with absolutely no caption or context - on the internet for all to see then people might just think you endorse whatever it taking place in said pictures. If I start posting screenshots of dead babies on social media without so much as a "stop killing babies" disclaimer then I would expect people to steer clear of me both online and in public. As someone that had one of their old embarrassing posts pop back up just this morning I certainly understand "publish regret", but my post also highlighted my ever present immature, not a member of an extremist organization holding a motherfucking rocket launcher. It sucks that he is retroactively getting is trouble for something he posted when he was 16 - when the accusation of any faint terrorist allegiance clearly never came to fruition in a violent way - but he's honestly lucky it took this long to happen. I am not about to FaceBook stalk every Muhammad, Abdullah, and Sharif I run into on the streets, but if they post a picture on my newsfeed of Osama Bin Laden grinning ear-to-ear then I wouldn't mind law enforcement doing their due diligence. Being forced out of school is a bit much, but then again - so is the unnecessary visual of a terrorist standing weapon in hand on the side of a mountain without explanation.