Sunday Review reported 23 raids on high school campuses in Iran. These raids were carried out by plainclothes militias and intelligence agents who interrogated, beat, and searched students, or threatened or attacked them.
According to a third-grade parent, the attack on Tehran’s elementary school came after security forces used tear gas to disperse students who were protesting against the government.
“My children are not safe on the streets, and they are not safe in school anymore. Everyday I die from anxiety until they get home,” Sara, a 50 year-old mother of two teenage girls from Tehran, asked for her last name to be kept private. Last week, the school called to inform her that the plainclothes Basij militia planned a raid of the school and would demand access to the students’ phones. Sara didn’t send Sara’s daughters to school for 2 days.
The senior’s 17-year-old daughter said that her mother felt the same way. “empowered” She protests every day with her schoolmates, taking off hijabs, banging doors and chanting “Women, Life, Freedom.”
Amir, 14, of Tabriz, showed signs of trauma at his home. He stopped eating and became quiet, according to his family. He complained of headaches as well as an upset stomach.
He told his uncle after three days that intelligence agents had raided his school. They had parked a van in the yard and threatened students with jail if they were found to have taken photos of Ayatollah Al Khamenei from their schoolbooks. They checked the students’ books and scanned their phones, taking screenshots of photos and social media posts.
“They had told Amir that if you tell your parents we will arrest your father,” His uncle Ebi (a mechanical engineer) asked that his last names not be used. This was done by phone from Tabriz. “They are terrorizing the kids because they are afraid of the future and they know these kids will fight for their rights.”