Bouchra Bagour says she doesn’t defend terrorism, but is on trial in Southern France charged with “glorifying crime” after she sent her son named “Jihad” to nursery school with a T-shirt reading “I am a bomb” and “Born on 11 September.”
BBC News reports that the 35-year-old was reported to police by a teacher last September after her son wore a shirt to school on September 24 that read “I am a bomb” on the front and “Jihad, born on 11 September” on the back. Bargour’s brother gave the shirt to the boy, and is a co-defendent in the case. Bargour has said in court that she put the shirt on her son “without stopping to think about it.”
“Jihad’s” birthday is September 11, and mother and uncle claim that the shirt did not intend to refer to the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Prosecutors don’t believe their story, and France 24 reports that the two face up to five years in prison and fines of up to 45,000 euros each.
A photo of the shirt can be seen on the French website Le Parisien.