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Mother claims N.Y. principal tried to force middle schooler to confess to being a terrorist

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Nashawn Uppal, admits he said something he shouldn't have, but he said he was only defending himself against a bully. (Source: CNN) Nashawn Uppal, admits he said something he shouldn't have, but he said he was only defending himself against a bully. (Source: CNN)

EAST ISLIP, NY (CNN) - The mother of a middle school student in New York says the school's principal tried to get her son to confess his allegiance to ISIS.

Her son, Nashawn Uppal, admits he said something he shouldn't have, but he said he was only defending himself against a bully. 

His mother said he was told to write a false confession saying he was a terrorist and now she wants two school administrators fired.

He said he was called a terrorist repeatedly and asked what he would blow up next.  

Nashawn said he was pulled out of class right before the school day ended. He was brought in to a room with the school’s principal, Mark Bernard and assistant principal, Jason Stanton.

"He started yelling at me to write you are a part ISIS and you would blow up the school," Uppal said.

Nashawn says he was told by both Bernard and Stanton to write down he was a member of ISIS, a terrorist and would blow up the school.

The 12-year-old said he would not.

Nashawn's mother, Nubaisha Amar, said she was waiting for her son at dismissal while he was allegedly being interrogated. 

She said she never received a call from the school about her son’s whereabouts until two hours later. 

Local police were called, and her son was questioned by officers, and the family even consented to having their home searched.

Police said they found nothing at the home and found no signs of wrongdoing by Uppal.

They said this was a case of boys being boys, and yet, Uppal was suspended by the district for five days.

"Nothing makes sense and I was like I didn't have a second of a chance to talk to my son alone, what happened? This principal is supposed to call me," Uppal’s mother said. 

Amar believes administrators not only harassed her son, but also fabricated their version of events.

Superintendent John Dolan denied the allegations and in a statement said a fair and appropriate disciplinary process is underway and the district has no further comment at this time. 

When asked if the bully Nashawn referred to in his version of events was ever disciplined, the district also would not comment.

Nashawn's mother says she is not comfortable with the idea of her son going back to East Islip Middle School.

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