“Mr. Paty, he was too funny, we all wanted to have him”


Samuel Paty.

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Samuel Paty.

The Conflans-Sainte-Honorine teacher assassinated on Friday is described by his students, former or current, as a teacher “invested” and “listening”.

Samuel Paty, the history-geography teacher assassinated on Friday, was apparently an ace at jokes. Charlotte (1), 13, tells how much he could make people laugh in class. “He was too funny. For example, when he saw that we were falling asleep a little, he would suddenly say “Kinder bueno” quite loudly. Obviously, we would wake up. ” And Samuel Paty resumed his course … Other times, he cried “Come on, all on the PCs…. In fact, no, I’m kidding! ” Charlotte also remembers a “trick” that made her laugh above all else: “When he walked through the ranks behind us and said “um, there’s no switch, that’s what I thought”. Big white every time, and the whole class was laughing. “ Samuel Paty, 47, had been teaching for several years in this quiet college, in a residential area of ​​Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. He was one of the three favorite teachers of the bahut, according to Charlotte, “We all wanted to have it”. His students were numerous this Saturday massed in front of the college to pay tribute to him. Some have placed flowers, white roses. Professors were also there, but more discreet, stunned by emotion. A housekeeper from the establishment, who retired last month, left a note: “May your rest be soft as a down and light as a cloud”. When she greeted the teacher in the halls “He answered me with a shy and very humble little voice. He really seemed like an introverted person who carried modesty within him. ”

“He was a man of dialogue”

Samuel Paty studied at the Lumière University, in Lyon-II then at the IUFM in Lyon. It was at the beginning of the 90s. Christophe Capuano, lecturer, a friend of the class remembers: “A hard worker, a brilliant student and a very good teacher. He was a man of dialogue who never wanted to shock. He carried out his teaching mission with courage. ” In 1997, his History-Geography Capes in his pocket, he landed like many young teachers in the Paris region. Among other things, he will make a visit to Torcy in Seine-et-Marne.

All of the students we spoke to use the same words to describe it. “Mr. Paty, he was funny and sweet. Even those who didn’t like school were careful with him ”, assures Ilyes. He adds – and arguably one of the nicest compliments for a teacher: “Monsieur Paty, he made you want to learn.” Jean-Philippe, now in second class: “He took care of his approaches, built bridges between the different subjects, showing the evolutions in the history of ideas, anchoring them in the context of the time. He always created moments of debate, never directing them towards any party. ” Ludérick, one of his fourth, remembers that he wore shirts and jeans all the time. A single photo of him is circulating in a loop on social networks this Saturday. In a T-shirt, shoulder bag, by the sea. His gaze, masked by the sunglasses, seems to be looking into the distance.

“Honor his memory”

The memory of Ludérick is a little vague on this famous course, where the teacher showed the caricatures of Mohammed: “He suggested that the Muslim students come out of the classroom and he showed us a picture of a naked Muhammad. He explained that it was a caricature. Afterwards, the students came back and wanted to know but at the time, we didn’t say anything and we resumed lessons as if nothing had happened. “ The teacher showed the cartoons every year as part of moral and civic education (CME) classes. Mounia’s daughter had him as a teacher for two years. And for the two years, she did the same session around the cartoons, without causing any excitement among the students and their parents. The mother remembers the first time. “My daughter was surprised because she didn’t know everyone in the caricature at all. And as it touched the prophet, it touched her. I explained to him that it was to be taken in the second degree. It’s up to us, as parents, to explain to them as well, because depending on the maturity of the kids, that doesn’t necessarily happen.“Mounia especially wants to remember this “Very invested teacher”, who has “Insured” during containment in the spring. “He was caring, listening to students and parents. He was doing his job well. ” Her daughter is “In shock today. She adored him “.

Her students spent half the night from Friday to Saturday on Snapchat, thinking about how “Honor his memory”. Charlotte tells about this giant drawing project, which the pupils would like to stick on the windows of the college. There is still debate about the content: some are leaning towards a drawing on slavery, which they learned in class before talking about Islam. Others are campaigning for a drawing on freedom of expression. On the college’s website, the teacher posted pictures of the student drawing exhibition he organized last year. The theme was “Liberty, equality, fraternity”. The Elysée announced a national tribute on Wednesday.


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