- By Jean-Francois Géroux
A French nursery school teacher claimed to have been stabbed by a member of Daish, only to later admit he had stabbed himself in a hoax
A French nursery school teacher on Monday claimed he was stabbed in his classroom by a member of the radical Daish Al-Dawla group before admitting he invented the entire story, the stab wound, self inflicted, as tensions run high after a series of both terror and race-hate attacks in the country.
The 45-year-old teacher at a school in Aubervilliers, north-east of Paris, was taken to hospital with light stab wounds in his side and throat.
He had earlier claimed that an unarmed man in overalls and a balaclava had arrived while he was preparing his class on Monday, grabbed a box cutter and scissors that were in the room, and attacked him.
The teacher further claimed that the man shouted: “This is for Daish (what some call Daesh). This is a warning.”
Prosecutors were quizzing the teacher on Monday night, whose injuries were not considered life-threatening, over why he lied and stabbed himself. News of the “attack” had earlier sent shockwaves around France, still traumatised by the Paris attacks of November 13 that killed 130. The distasteful and potentially dangerous hoax came weeks after Daish’s French-language magazine called for its followers to target those responsible for the French education system, such as teachers.
“This education, in the case of France in particular, is a means of propaganda used to impose the corrupt way of thought established by the Judeo-masonry.” the article read.
Last month’s Daish attacks in Paris, that left 130 dead, prompted France to impose a three-month state of emergency and led to a Europe-wide manhunt for suspects.
“We will continue to reinforce security measures at schools in a context where schools feel threatened.” said Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the education minister.
Rachel Schneider of the main primary school teachers’ union SNUipp said the threats had sparked safety concerns among teachers.
“We have received many calls from colleagues, who are very worried. They don’t necessarily think there will be an organised attack, but they fear this message of murderous madness will inspire unstable people to action.” she said.
French far-right radical attacks and support have as in many other European nations such as Sweden and the UK, been in a dramatic rise over the last decade, reaching worrying new heights in 2015. The French authorities are currently in the process of ruling out the provocation of hate crimes and attempts to start a race-war as motives for the hoax, also ruling out dramatic political statements regarding security, the authorities’ primary theory currently remains that the teacher is the sufferer of a psychiatric condition. The suspect is likely to face a mandatory psychiatric assessment.