The lecture on freedom of expression ended in death for the French teacher.
Paty was the victim of atrocities because he showed his students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad during a lecture on freedom of expression earlier this month. As he explained to the Reuters news agency Nordine Chaouadi, the father of a 13-year-old student who was present in the class at the time, Paty asked all children of the Islamic faith to raise their hand. He then explained to them that he would show a caricature of the Prophet, and advised them to leave the class if this offended them. According to his father, the 13-year-old understood the teacher’s gesture or call as an act he did out of courtesy and respect for their faith, in which any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is considered blasphemous. “He did it to protect the children and not shock them,” said Chaouadi.
Not everyone shared his opinion
But some parents were offended by the act. One of the parents, the father of a 13-year-old student, even posted a video on YouTube stating that the teacher had shown the children “A photograph of a naked man,” which he claimed to be “Islamic prophet,” however, reports the British newspaper Guardian. He called on the remaining parents to take action against the teacher. Just a few days after “Disputed lessons” a meeting was held at the school between the parents, Paty, the principal and another representative of the school. “Everything went smoothly. There was no shouting or talking over each other. It was attended by my wife. She said it was a man who made a mistake, it happens to everyone, “ explained Chaouadi. It became clear yesterday that not everyone shared his opinion.
A total of nine people have already been detained by the French police today, including four relatives of the murderer Anzorov, who was killed in an intervention yesterday. Among the remaining five are also the parents of one of the children at the school, who allegedly showed disagreement with the use of cartoons in the classroom. The other three are the killer’s acquaintances.
They applaud his courage
In France today, politicians and trade unions in education in particular hailed teachers’ courage in breaking taboos in French society. As some have said, it is “Freedom of expression is a fundamental principle of democracy.” Jean-Remi Girard, president of the National Union of School Teachers, explained that children need to understand that blasphemy can be shocking, but it is legal. “We live in 21st century France and we have a teacher who was beheaded on the road simply because he tried to teach,” Girard told CNews. “It’s extremely shocking. It is a barbaric and inhumane act, an attack on freedom itself, “ however, an economics teacher explained to France24 Lucien Bonniere.