Samuel Paty Paris teacher: A French student admits lying about an educator showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during class, that led to him being beheaded by a Muslim man incensed over the blasphemous depictions.
Blood on her hands. A 13-year-old student has confessed to spreading a false story about French history teacher Samuel Paty — which set off a chain of events that led to the Paris teacher being beheaded last year, according to reports.
The teen girl reportedly told her father that she was then suspended for two days after she challenged the teacher for sending Muslim students into the hall while he showed the blasphemous image.
The student’s lie in turn led to the girl’s father filing a legal complaint against the teacher, which then started a social media campaign to have the educator axed, the BBC reported.
One of the students who first made the Islamophobia charges against Samuel Paty now admits she wasn’t actually present for the class on free expression which caused the controversy… https://t.co/jjSltSBYy6
— Liam Duffy (@LiamSD12) March 7, 2021
A society exposed
Backlash grew against Paty since depictions of Muhammad are forbidden in Islam — and regarded by Muslims as highly offensive.
It has now emerged that the girl was not even in class on the day of the supposed incident at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
The girl apparently had been suspended the day before for failing to attend class and didn’t want her father to know about the punishment, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.
Blood on their hands
Her attorney on Monday confirmed that the girl was not in class — but claimed it was because she was out sick on the day.
‘She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson,’ her lawyer, Mbeko Tabula, told Agence France-Presse.
Her lawyer, however, argued that the father should be the one blamed for the fallout due to his ‘excessive and disproportionate behavior,’ the Independent reported.
A behavior and an obsessive attitude some wonder shared by many French locals and readily accepted as a betrayal of antagonism towards Muslims in the nation.
The girl has been charged with slander, while her father was arrested on suspicion of being complicit in a terrorist killing, the outlet reported.