Schools Across France Fear the Violence: Terrorist Threats Cause Panic Amid Increased Security Measures

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 received terrorist attack threats between Tuesday night and Wednesday. The affected schools are located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the French capital, according to the rectorate of Paris. France is currently under “emergency attack alert” status due to the threat of terrorism, following an attack in Russia by ISIS K that also targeted France.

In the south of France, dozens of high schools also received threats via ENT, targeting teachers, students, and parents. The fear and intimidation within the educational community have made reporting threats difficult, especially concerning issues related to secularism and the wearing of the veil by Muslim students.

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

One of the affected schools, Pierre Alviset high school in Paris’ V neighborhood 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 was evacuated after a bomb threat forcing 1700 students to go home while police searched the premises. Threats received by schools via ETN system included references to bomb threats and graphic videos of beheadings which has led Federation

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