Teacher suspended in France after declaring Muslim students “a problem” in Catholic schools – .

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Teacher suspended in France after declaring Muslim students “a problem” in Catholic schools – .


A teacher at a Catholic school in France was suspended yesterday after expressing fears of becoming “the next Samuel Paty” for alleged racist remarks against Muslim students.

The eco-management teacher at the Joseph-Wresinski Catholic school in Angers has been accused of racism by a Muslim student, who claims that the teacher invited him to “change his religion” after saying that Muslims are a problem in Catholic schools.

The pupil lodged a formal complaint against the teacher – who has not yet been appointed – with the Angers police on December 2, two days after the alleged words of the teacher.

The teacher lodged a complaint in return the next day, arguing that the student had been guilty of “physical and verbal violence against a person in the public service” while pushing him and accusing him of racism. .

Yesterday, the school suspended the teacher as a precaution after he expressed fears of becoming “the next Samuel Paty” – a history teacher who was murdered by an Islamist teenager on October 16, 2020, after depicting a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of expression.

An investigation into the complaints has been opened, according to the public prosecutor of Angers, the public prosecutor Eric Bouillard.

A teacher in eco-management at the Joseph-Wresinski Catholic school in Angers (photo) was accused of racism by a Muslim student and subsequently suspended pending an investigation

The teacher, who has not been named, has expressed fears of becoming ‘the next Samuel Paty’ – a history teacher who was murdered outside a school near Paris in October 2020 for showing caricatures of the prophet Muhammad in a lesson (undated photo by Paty)

Schoolchildren wearing protective masks arrive to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the beheaded French teacher on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, at Anne Franck College in Plescop, France, November 2, 2020

Schoolchildren wearing protective masks arrive to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the beheaded French teacher on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, at Anne Franck College in Plescop, France, November 2, 2020

The saga began during a school class on November 30, when students in the class said the teacher began to digress when talking about Catholic schools of the past.

The teacher reportedly remarked, “Catholic schools should have continued to accept only Catholic students,” but encountered a defense from a class member who pointed to a Muslim classmate and replied “But Catholic schools are not just for Catholics.”

According to the testimony of the Muslim student, the professor then retaliated by saying: “this is the problem”, before turning on him and saying “well, he could always change his religion”.

A portrait of the French teacher Samuel Paty is displayed on the facade of the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier on October 21, 2020, during a national tribute to the professor beheaded for showing in class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

A portrait of the French teacher Samuel Paty is displayed on the facade of the Opéra Comédie in Montpellier on October 21, 2020, during a national tribute to the professor beheaded for showing in class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Muslim student was furious at the teacher’s response and stormed out of the classroom, allegedly passing the teacher and shouting “racist! As he left.

The teacher, on the other hand, admitted that he had “invited Muslims to join us and become Catholics,” but said the remark was intended to be humorous and simply “was not well received by the class ”.

He argued that the comments were made during a discussion of the legal history of France, of which Catholicism and Christianity formed an important part, and that they were made as a joke, and not as part of the a discriminatory attack on Muslim students.

“I have been teaching for 27 years and this is the first time I have faced such a situation,” the teacher told a local newspaper.

‘It does not mean anything. The student saw fit to file a complaint – I offered to speak to him and his parents, but they flatly refused. ‘

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after paying homage near the coffin of murdered teacher Samuel Paty in the courtyard of Sorbonne University during a national commemorative event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after paying homage near the coffin of murdered teacher Samuel Paty in the courtyard of Sorbonne University during a national commemorative event on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in Paris

An image from local French television showing the aftermath of Samuel Paty's knife attack in October last year

An image from local French television showing the aftermath of Samuel Paty’s knife attack in October last year

Anthony Bélangé, the director of the Angers school, said: “Conflicts between staff and students can happen, but complaints have taken this to a new level.

“It’s a pretty emotional situation and I asked the students in the class to write a factual account of the events, which will be sent to the investigative team. “

Bélangé went on to say that the incident represents the first time he has seen problems with the teacher in question, but that the school has decided to suspend him as a precaution during the investigation.

He insisted that the suspension was aimed at “preserving the integrity of the teacher, who feared for his life, and upholding the presumption of innocence during the investigation.”

“20% of our students are young Muslims,” he continued.

“We all live together very peacefully. We defend secularism and respect for everyone’s beliefs. ‘

The French republic has a strict secular tradition, especially in its education system, but the nation is home to around five million Muslims – the largest Muslim minority among all EU member countries.

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