A teacher stabbed to death by a student in France

Teacher stabbed to death by student in France


A teacher was fatally stabbed by a student on Wednesday in a classroom of a private establishment in the south-west of France, an extremely rare tragedy in the country.

“I confirm that there was indeed an attack with a knife and that the victim has just died”, declared to AFP the public prosecutor in Bayonne, Jérôme Bourrier, who went on the spot.

< p>The 16-year-old alleged attacker was arrested and taken into custody, he later said, adding that the victim was a 52-year-old Spanish teacher.< /p>

The facts took place at the Saint-Thomas d'Aquin Catholic high school in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the prefecture said in a press release.

< p> At midday, the students gradually left the establishment after being confined for about two hours in their respective classrooms and found their parents behind the gates of this downtown establishment of around 1,100 students, said found an AFP correspondent.

Only the parents of pupils in the class concerned were able to enter the school premises.

According to the information site Actu.fr in the Basque Country, which revealed the information, the victim was in cardio-respiratory arrest when paramedics arrived, who were unable to revive her.

The teacher was assaulted while giving a lesson to a second class, according to the Sud Ouest newspaper. The assailant allegedly burst into the room with a knife to violently attack her.

This is the first time that a teacher has been killed in the context of his function in France since the assassination of history teacher Samuel Paty by a young Russian refugee of Chechen origin, radicalized Islamist, on October 16, 2020 in the Paris region.

In July 2014, a 34-year-old teacher was stabbed to death by the mother of a student in a school in Albi.

In August 1996, while he was walking at the Dax feria, a 51-year-old English teacher was killed by two young people, including one of his students who failed the baccalaureate.

Four years older Earlier, a 53-year-old man, a carpentry and industrial design teacher in an establishment for young people in difficulty in Seine-Maritime, had been killed by a 15-year-old student whom he had slapped a few moments earlier.

The government spokesman, Olivier Véran, announced that the Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, was going to the site. He will hold a press conference there at 3:00 p.m. GMT, according to the ministry.

“Immense emotion following the death today of a teacher at Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin high school in Saint-Jean-de -Luz. My thoughts for his family, colleagues and students,” tweeted Mr. Ndiaye.

On September 13, a 15-year-old high school student stabbed a high school teacher in the throat. of Caen. The 63-year-old victim was released from hospital a few days later. The student was indicted at the end of September and imprisoned in a medical environment.