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‘Our children are not safe’: Parents recall horror moments after teen terrorist beheaded teacher outside French school
Residents of the French suburb where history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally slain and beheaded on Friday have been shocked by the incident, with some even saying they are afraid to allow their children back to school.
“Our children are not safe, we don’t know what to do. We won’t allow them to school anymore,” a parent of a child attending the school where the murdered teacher worked says, in a video published by RT’s video agency Ruptly.
Another parent, whose child is studying in the same class where the teacher showed cartoons deemed offensive by some, gave his account of the school incident that is believed to have motivated the murderer.
“It all began when he [Paty] asked Muslim kids to raise their hands and leave classroom. My son said, he’d done that to not discriminate or offend anybody,” the parent said.
He explained it like this: “I ask you to leave because I’ll be showing a caricature of the Prophet of Islam and do not want to shock you.”
Some parents rushed to the scene of the murder right after hearing the news, afraid that the attacker may have targeted children too.
“An acquaintance called me immediately after he saw the body in the street and the head beside it. We rushed to the scene. My son was not home at the time, we panicked, we were very afraid,” another parent said.