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Trending: High School Student Pursues Dream After Being Falsely ID'd as Possible Terrorist by New York Post

Salaheddin Barhoum, a Revere High School student, has set up a GoFundMe account to chase his dream.

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By John Waller

Salaheddin Barhoum, one of the New York Post’s “Bag Men” who was falsely labeled as a Boston Marathon bombing suspect last April, has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to run at track nationals.

“People know me from the news and some have a bad image of me,” he wrote on his fundraising page, “but I’m just a human chasing the dream.”

Barhoum, a Revere High School student, wrote he wants to attend the national meet with his friend Tarik, who is the best high jumper in their conference, the Northeastern Conference.

“I love track so much,” he wrote.

Barhoum, a Moroccan American, had raised $280 of his $1,000 goal as of Friday afternoon.

“I don’t have a job to get money from and my family doesn’t have a lot of money to help me,” he wrote. “We have until March 1st to make [our] dream come true.”

The New York Post falsely indicated Barhoum, then 16, and his 24-year-old friend Yassine Zaimi as suspects in the days after the bombing.

See Barhoum’s GoFundMe account >>

Ruth Ann Kotosky February 14, 2014 at 03:57 PM
get a job.
Ken Hagemann February 14, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Salaheddin can't even spell the city he lives in. Go back to Morocco.
BH February 15, 2014 at 02:04 AM
Love to see your reactions if this were a white kid named Jeff Smith. I guarantee you wouldn't say "scam" or "go back to the suburbs"
Bonnie Parker February 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Go back under your rock, Ken.
Linda February 15, 2014 at 01:17 PM
The NY Post makes excellent T.P.
JJ Mclure February 15, 2014 at 03:27 PM
deport him
BH February 15, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Get a life JJ, hope you're joking. Not only has this KID done nothing wrong, but he was hung for a day by the American media for having dark skin and being at the marathon.
Donald Register February 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Why doesn't the Post step forward and sponsor the student since they were willing to step forward and falsely identify him. Come on Post, "DO THE RIGHT THING." Also, if you haven't done so. Issue an apology.
Luis February 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM
if you don't have any money, how about finding a job instead of begging for money on a website? You're not the only one trying to achieve the American Dream.
Bonnie Parker February 17, 2014 at 12:47 AM
How do you know he doesn't have one? He's a kid. You are a grown man resenting a kid whom you know nothing about and who's never done a thing to you, which seems to indicate that you're the last person to instruct him on how to productively spend his time.
BH February 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Great contribution, everything is so clear now..
david mokal February 17, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Hatefull people. Geesh Leave the Kid alone. He's an American Morroccan.

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