Beheaded French teacher was target of angry social media…

Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded outdoors in his college in a Paris suburb, was described by his pupils and their dad and mom as caring. But he was killed after changing into the target of an angry marketing campaign on social media.

Paty, 47, was killed on Friday by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin. Prosecutors mentioned the attacker, shot lifeless by police quickly after, wished to punish the teacher for displaying his pupil’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class on freedom of expression earlier this month.

Parents mentioned they have been mystified how the civics class might have escalated right into a motive for an ugly homicide.

Prosecutors supplied a clue on Saturday (Oct 17) after they mentioned they detained two males, one the daddy of a pupil on the college and one other on the radar of intelligence providers, who they mentioned had used social media to show a dispute over the civics class right into a marketing campaign towards the teacher.

“I cannot imagine how we got to this point,” mentioned Cécile Ribet Retel, a member of the father or mother’s affiliation on the college, College du Bois d’Aulne.

“This raises questions about the role of social media.”

Paty had proven his pupils the cartoon’s final yr too, as half of the civics curriculum, in line with a 13-year-old pupil who was in that class.

The pupil, talking beside her mom, mentioned nobody had made a fuss in regards to the class final yr. The teacher, she added, was “very funny”.

“He told jokes. He was very engaged in the lessons.”


The first signal of a problem with yr’s civics lesson emerged on Oct 7 when the father or mother of a lady who was within the class posted an angry video on Facebook. In it, he mentioned the teacher had proven the cartoons of Mohammad and that his daughter, a Muslim, had been disciplined for expressing her displeasure.

The man, not named by officers, mentioned he wished the teacher eliminated.

The subsequent day, the daddy went to see the principal of the varsity to complain, prosecutors mentioned. That night, he put out one other Facebook video, giving the title of the teacher and figuring out the varsity.

On Oct 12, one other video appeared on YouTube, which includes the daddy of the pupil. A person off-camera interviewed the person’s daughter. The voice off-camera mentioned President Emmanuel Macron was inciting hatred of Muslims and threatened an illustration if the teacher was not eliminated.

The man off-camera was identified to intelligence providers, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard mentioned on Saturday, although he didn’t say in what capacity. The father of the pupil has a half-sister who in 2014 joined Islamic State in Syria, Ricard mentioned.

Both males have been detained by police after Paty’s killing.


Staff on the college sought to resolve the row. The principal organized a gathering with these dads and moms sad in regards to the civics lesson. The father or mother who printed the Facebook video didn’t come, prosecutors mentioned.

“It went well,” Nordine Chaouadi, who had a toddler in Paty’s class, mentioned of the assembly. “My wife took part in it. She said it was a man who made a mistake, it happens to everyone. No need to go for all that agitation on social networks.”

By Tuesday this week, the principal had succeeded in calming the environment on the college, in line with an area official briefed on what occurred, who didn’t wish to be recognized.

By then, although, the problem had escalated.

According to prosecutors, the varsity had been receiving threats for the reason that social media movies began showing.

On Saturday, the day after the teacher’s killing, pupils and oldsters laid flowers on the college gates.

Chahinez Senouci, who has a toddler on the college, mentioned she used to stumble upon Paty at college conferences.

“He was a teacher who liked the pupils, he was very attentive. He took care that they are following everything properly,” she mentioned. “It’s an enormous shock.”

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