The father of an eight-year-old boy who died when a car ploughed into his classroom has forgiven the woman behind the wheel.
During a touching speech in the hearse of his son’s coffin the father shared his message of support to the woman.
Jihad Darwiche’s funeral on Thursday came two days after he and a friend, also eight, were killed when an out-of-control SUV smashed into their classroom at Banksia Road Primary School in Greenacre, Sydney.
The driver of the car, family friend Ahmad Hraichie, translates for Jihad’s father in the video broadcast via Facebook.
‘Allah has called for his boy, he [the father] is very happy,’ Mr Hraichie said.
‘The father says all the threats to this lady, the abuse, is not from them.
‘No retaliation is coming from the family of the boy. They have forgiven – if anything they want to sit with this lady and tell her we forgive you.’
They are asking that nobody abuse the school. It was NOT their fault.
People are making it bigger than what it is. They want the abuse towards the driver to stop.
The father says this lady has children herself and we have to forgive her! The family are urging everyone to stop the retaliation against the mother and the school. It was just an accident that we need to move on from.
Jihad’s father said his family hopes to extend a hand to the woman.
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I could only hope to have as much compassion as this family at such a time.
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