Rising Tensions in Paris: ISIS Threatens French Schools, Sparking Fears of Violence and Intimidation

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

In the aftermath of an attack in Russia by ISIS K that targeted 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.

One of the schools that was evacuated was Pierre Alviset in the V neighborhood 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, forcing 1,700 students to go home while 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 graphic videos of beheadings.

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 highlights the challenges faced by educators in upholding secular values while ensuring their own safety and that of their students. In addition, dozens of high schools also received threats via ENT targeting teachers, students and parents with fear and intimidation within educational community making it difficult for them report such incidents especially concerning issues related to secularism and wearing veils by Muslim students.

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