The family of an eight-year-old boy killed in the Greenacre school crash earlier this week has forgiven the woman behind the wheel.
In a Facebook livestream from the hearse, with the green coffin visible in the back of the vehicle, the boy's father and a relative spoke about the incident on the way to the funeral service.
They asked the Muslim community for "patience" and for there to be "no retaliation" in the fall-out of the incident at Banksia Road Public School on Tuesday morning.
“The father said that all this stuff happening about the threats to this lady and abuse is not from them. No retaliation is coming from the family of the boy," relative Ahmas Hraichie said in the video.
“They have forgiven. If anything, they want to sit with this lady and talk to her and tell her we forgive you but as you know right now, it is a hard time with the funeral and all the people that are visiting.
“But once it’s over, she is welcome to come and sit with the family to have a meal and to talk about how they can move forward with what’s happened.
“So please brothers and sisters, nobody abuse the school. The school had nothing to do with it. This is the will of the creator. He has ordained this. This was written well before the child was born that this would happen.
“The father says they are making it bigger than it is. They are telling everyone out there. Forget her. It was an honest mistake. It could have happened to any one of us.
“This was an accident. The lady has four children of her own at school. Nothing could have changed anything that day.”
The woman, Maha Al-Shennag, was charged by the police with several offences, including causing death by dangerous driving.
Further charges were laid by police yesterday relating to injuries sustained by several other children during the crash.