A ceremony will be held at the Ministry of Education on Saturday, during which they will unveil a shield in honor of the slain teacher.
French schools on Friday paid tribute to the history teacher who was assassinated last year by an Islamist extremist after he showed his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The Associated Press reports it.
History and geography teacher Samuel Baty was assassinated on October 16 last year near his school in the northwestern region of Paris by an 18-year-old Islamist of Chechen origin. The attacker was later killed by police bullets.
The Associated Press wrote that part of the two-day national tribute was a minute’s silence in schools on Friday, while teachers also organized discussions with students regarding Patty’s memory.
A ceremony will be held at the Ministry of Education on Saturday, during which they will unveil a shield in honor of the slain teacher. The Baty family will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castix and hold a tribute meeting near the school where he studied.
French authorities began reasserting the right to free speech and secularism after the assassination, the Associated Press recalls. Bate’s name was published on social media after a class debate on freedom of expression, during which he showed the students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. It was previously published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which led to a massacre at the magazine’s headquarters by extremists in 2015.
Authorities identified Abdullah Anzurov, an 18-year-old Chechen who was born in Moscow, as the Bate killer, the Associated Press recalls. He confessed to the crime in a text they found on his mobile phone, along with a photo of the victim. The defendants in the case subtly charged 16 people, most of them with complicity in murder or “association with the purpose of committing a crime,” the Associated Press said. Among them are five underage students from the Baty School who are facing charges of aiding the killer in exchange for a promising financial reward of between 300 and 350 euros.
Among the suspects is the father of one of the students, who posted videos on social media calling for mobilization against the teacher. The Associated Press states that his daughter is accused of defamation.
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