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The tension rises as threats of attacks prompts evacuation of hundreds of students in over 20 schools in France

Byeditor

Mar 27, 2024

At least 20 schools in Paris received terrorist attack threats between Tuesday night and Wednesday. The affected schools are located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the French capital, according to the rectorate of Paris. France is currently under “emergency attack alert” status due to the threat of terrorism, following an attack in Russia by ISIS K 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, forcing 1,700 students to go home while the 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 the south of France, dozens of high schools also received threats via ENT, targeting teachers, students, and parents. The fear and intimidation within the educational community have made reporting threats difficult, especially concerning issues related to secularism and the wearing of the veil by Muslim students.

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

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