Well-known and committed teacher Samuel Patty, beheaded by a teenager in a Paris suburb on Friday, enjoyed debating with his students issues such as freedom of speech.
As part of this month’s civics and ethics class, Patty, 47, showed class cartoons of Prophet Mohammed – the hottest issue in France from the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine which attacked the images in 2015 is gone. .
But his lesson sparked a new controversy, culminating in a crime that shook France, a country plagued by a wave of Islamic violence and questioning its modern identity.
The father of a school student was so enraged by the lesson that he demanded in a meeting with the school administration that the teacher be sacked and launched a social media campaign asking him to to leave.
The man posted the teacher’s name and school address on social media, insisting that “stop”. He and his daughter went to the police to register a complaint against Pati.
According to counterterrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, preliminary evidence suggests that the author was beaten in front of the school on Friday afternoon and asked the students where he could locate the victim.
Patty was attacked on his way home from school in Conflance-Saint-Honorin, a northwestern suburb typically about 30 kilometers (20 mi) from the Midwest.
The father is one of nine people detained in Friday’s attack, behind a video and a campaign to fire the teacher.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blenker condemned the video posted by the father, saying it was “completely wrong” and “something possibly violent”.
“Proud of the values of the Republic”, “There must be a unity in the world of adults”, he said, “Each child must understand that he has the chance to go to school in France and live in a democracy ”.
Dozens of students and parents gathered on Saturday to lay flowers and show solidarity.
“He was great, very supportive and a good listener,” said Hugo, a former.
“Everyone gave their opinion during their class, it was great, now we have to move on, we must not give up,” said another student, whose name was not indicated.
Students and parents insisted that Patti was not tempted to provoke by showing cartoons.
“He didn’t do it to argue or insult,” says Nordin Chaudy, whose 13-year-old son enjoyed Patty’s lessons. “My son told me, ‘He was super good, that man.’
The presidency said that a national tribute would one day be held to get along with the teacher’s family.
President Emmanuel Macron said after visiting the scene: “One of our citizens was assassinated today because he was teaching, because he advocated freedom of expression, of faith and the non-acceptance of his students ”. “
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