National Education reacted “appropriately” to complaints from indignant parents thatteacher showed his students caricatures of Muhammad, said Jean-Michel Blanquer on Saturday, the day after the beheading of this teacher in the Yvelines. The National Education had the “appropriate” reactions, by setting up “a work both of support for the teacher and of dialogue with the parents”, affirmed the minister during a press conference.
He was questioned in particular on a video published on social networks by a father of a student, currently in police custody, who had qualified the teacher as a “thug” who “must no longer educate our children” for having shown caricatures of Muhammad “naked” in her daughter’s 4th grade. Jean-Michel Blanquer judged this video “totally scandalous”, “false” and “made to lead to something probably violent, or in any case something which was done to create conflict”. “In the end, it created this tragedy,” he said.
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The minister paid tribute to the principal of this college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine who, according to him, “did everything we need to do when this kind of thing happens”. “She obviously saw the teacher, stood in solidarity with the teacher, she alerted the ‘Values of the Republic’ teams (the secularity referents of National Education, Editor’s note), who intervened (…) in support of the teacher” , did he declare.
Jean-Michel Blanquer also indicated that he would prepare, in conjunction with the Ministries of the Interior and Justice, as well as the organizations of teachers and parents of pupils, an educational “framework” to tackle this attack with the students at the start of the All Saints holidays on November 2. In particular, a minute of silence should be organized. “There must be a unity of the adult world” as to the “pride of the values of the Republic”, he insisted, “so that each child understands that he is lucky to go to school in France “and” to live in democracy “.