Paris Schools Under Threat: Terror Attacks Loom as Educators Face Intimidation and Violence

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 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 that forced 1,700 students to go home while the police searched the premises.

Threats received by schools via ETN 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 educational communities have made it difficult for educators to report threats related to secularism and veil wearing by Muslim students.

Recently resigned Lycée Maurice-Ravel’s director faced death threats for enforcing secularism and requesting a student remove her veil raised concerns about safety for educators in France. This incident along with previous attacks on teachers highlights challenges faced by educators upholding secular values while ensuring their own safety as well as that of their students.

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