Keir McLean

Features · UK

Investigation launched after 30-year-old man poses as a 15-year-old schoolboy

It’s like someone’s dad came into school.

An adult asylum seeker who posed as a 15-year-old student is being investigated by the UK government.

The man was removed from Stoke High School after parents raised concerns about his mature looks - including his 6ft 1in height and full beard.

A 11 year old boy said:

“He looks way older than many of the teachers, It’s like someone’s dad came into school.”

The UK Home Office confirmed it will be looking into how the man, who could be as old as 30, was allowed to join Stoke High School in Ipswich.

The man spent six weeks studying at the school after telling officials he was a teenager.

His fraud was revealed after students searched his name on social media and found he had previously been an architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Iran, before living in Erfurt, Germany. Pictures showed him with hairy chest and drinking beer.

Higer authorities acted after one student shared a photo on social media with the question: "How's there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?" It went viral.

 A spokeswoman said:

"We are fully committed to safeguarding children and are looking into the circumstances of this case to understand how it was handled.

In the absence of clear and credible documentary evidence, Home Office staff must rely on physical appearance and demeanour to make an initial assessment on whether a person claiming to be a child is under 18."