The French authorities have released the name of the 18 year old Chechen who murdered a 47 year old school teacher.
The instructor, Samuel Paty, had recently showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a class discussion on freedom of expression. A few parents had complained.
French authorities have arrested nine people in the suspect’s family including his grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother. It is presumed the young suspect’s warped thinking is responsible for this horrific crime.
The message. Intolerance begins at home and cannot be easily eradicated.
On Saturday, parents and teachers paid tribute to Paty outside the school. A parent of one of Paty’s students told France’s AFP news agency that, according to his son, the teacher had told Muslim students to leave the classroom ahead of the lesson and that he “didn’t want to hurt their feelings.”
Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 10.17.2020
French officials have said an 18-year-old refugee originally from the Russian republic of Chechnya beheaded a teacher in suburban Paris. The French president has called the gruesome murder an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
The suspect in a gruesome knife attack on a street in suburban Paris was identified as an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, French anti-terrorism authorities said during a press conference Saturday.
Nine people have been detained in connection to the killing, including the suspected attacker’s grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother.
The teen allegedly beheaded 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty at about 5:00 p.m. Friday outside Bois d’Aulne middle school in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris.
Police were called to the area after receiving reports of a suspicious person loitering near the victim’s school. They found the dead victim and saw the teen nearby. He was shot dead after allegedly threatening officers, who found the suspect had been armed with a knife and a pellet gun.
Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said officials found a photograph of the teacher’s body and a text claiming responsibility for carrying out the killing on the suspect’s phone.
Ricard said that the father of a student had called for Paty’s dismissal and launched an online call for “mobilization” against the teacher after the freedom of expression lesson in Paty’s classroom in early October.
The man shared Paty’s name and posted the school’s address on social media only days before the attack. He also said in a social media video that Islam had been “insulted” at the school.
The French investigators said they were treating the attack as “a murder linked to a terrorist organization,” adding that the suspect was not known to intelligence services, and had been granted a 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March.
Chechnya is a Muslim-majority Russian republic in the North Caucasus. France has offered asylum to many Chechens following a war between Russian forces and Islamist separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Sergei Parinov, spokesman for the Russian embassy in Paris, said the “crime has no relation to Russia because this person had lived in France for the past 12 years,” Russia’s state-run news agency TASS reported Saturday.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor did not say whether the alleged attacker had any links to the school, students or parents, or if he had acted independently.