Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
The tension rises as threats of attacks prompts evacuation of hundreds of students in over 20 schools in France

In Paris, at least 20 schools received threats between Tuesday night and Wednesday. These schools are located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the French capital, according to the rectorate of Paris. The country is currently under “emergency attack alert” status due to the threat of terrorism following an attack by ISIS K in Russia that also targeted France.

One of the affected schools, Pierre Alviset in the V neighborhood of Paris, had to evacuate all students and staff before 9 am due to “threats of a terrorist nature.” Another school, Jean de la Fontaine high school in the 16th neighborhood, was evacuated after a bomb threat that forced 1,700 students to go home while police searched the premises.

Threats received by schools via the ETN system included references to bomb threats and graphic videos of beheadings. The Federation of Parents of Public Education Students in Paris urged parents to monitor their children’s online activities to prevent exposure to such content.

In southern France, dozens of high schools also received threats via ENT targeting teachers, students and parents. Fear and intimidation within the educational community have made reporting threats difficult especially concerning issues related to secularism and Muslim students wearing veils.

The resignation of Lycée Maurice-Ravel’s director following death threats for enforcing secularism and requesting a student remove her veil has raised concerns about safety for educators in France. This incident adds up with previous attacks on teachers highlighting challenges faced by educators while upholding secular values while ensuring their own safety and that of their students.

By Aiden Nguyen

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