French Schools in Emergency: At least 20 Parisian Schools Threatened with Terror Attacks, including ‘Bomb Threats’ and Graphic Videos of Beheadings

The tension rises as threats of attacks prompts evacuation of hundreds of students in over 20 schools in France

At least 20 schools in Paris were threatened with terrorist attacks between Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to the rectorate of Paris. The affected schools are located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the French capital. These threats have caused panic among students and staff as France is currently under emergency attack alert status due to the threat of terrorism.

One of the affected schools, Pierre Alviset in the V neighborhood of Paris, had to evacuate all students and staff before 9 am due to “threats of a terrorist nature.” Another school, Jean de la Fontaine high school in the 16th neighborhood, was evacuated after a bomb threat that forced 1,700 students to go home while the police searched the premises.

The Federation of Parents of Public Education Students in Paris urged parents to monitor their children’s online activities to prevent exposure to such content. The threats received by schools via ETN system included references to bomb threats and graphic videos of beheadings.

In southern France, dozens of high schools also received threats via ENT targeting teachers, students and parents. This has created fear and intimidation within educational community which makes reporting threats difficult especially concerning issues related to secularism and wearing veil by Muslim students.

The recent resignation of Lycée Maurice-Ravel’s director following death threats for enforcing secularism and requesting a student remove her veil has raised concerns about educator safety in France. This incident along with previous attacks on teachers highlights challenges faced by educators upholding secular values while ensuring their own safety and that of their students.

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