A German court has ordered a 15-year-old boy to do community work and write an essay titled Why You Shouldn't Make Jokes With Toy Weapons after he threw a fake hand grenade in front of a teacher and shouted "Allahu akbar".

The teenager, a Moroccan citizen, had been charged with disturbing the peace by threatening crimes. Dusseldorf district court spokesman Marcel Due said a judge dropped the charges on condition that he do 20 hours' community work and hand in the three-page, handwritten essay.

Mr Due said the boy admitted the incident in May was meant as a prank and denied having any Islamic extremist motivation. He told the court he found the fake grenade lying in the schoolyard.

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