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Dying of Samuel Paty: “I felt the school was being threatened,” his principal confides

The headmistress regrets that her numerous complaints to the authorities have not protected her teacher, says “Le Parisien”.


Beheaded in 2020 after leaving a college in Conflans-Sainte Honorine for showing caricatures of Mohammed, Professor Samuel Paty lived out his final days in fear.  (illustrative image)
Beheaded in 2020 after leaving a college in Conflans-Sainte Honorine for showing caricatures of Mohammed, Professor Samuel Paty lived out his final days in fear. (illustrative image)

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DThe new revelations about the contours of Samuel Paty’s death. As reported The Parisianwho was able to consult the investigative report of the police officers of the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate, the director of the college of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where the history and geography teacher worked, returned to the days before the assassination of the beheaded teacher on October 16, 2020 at the exit of the School.

“I felt the college was threatened and I felt I was on the front line,” she told investigators as she discussed the difficult aftermath of showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed Charlie Hebdo as part of a course on freedom of expression, October 6, 2020. On October 8, after alerting territorial intelligence to the risks posed by Samuel Paty, she received Abdelhakim Sefrioui, who identified himself as the “representative of the Imams de France” and the father of the student who claimed the teacher forced Muslim students to leave his class.

“These are aggressive people in their words. […] They immediately attack what happened to Mr. Paty,” she explains. At the end of this tense interview, the Headmistress sends the information back to the “Deputy Academic Director” via her cell phone and also launches an “Institution Facts” report, a rare device that allows heads of institutions to send back to the Ministry those serious facts that undermine the values ​​of the Republic.

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But after the release of a video taken by Abdelhakim Sefrioui and the student’s father, incriminating Samuel Paty’s behavior, hate speech and threats against the college escalated. After a general assembly organized at the college in the presence of the secular referent of the academy, the professor and the rector filed a complaint on Tuesday. Despite his numerous warning signals to the National Education System and the police, Samuel Paty was brutally murdered three days later by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a radicalized young man from Évreux.

“He was clearly scared”

The Parisian also to the fear and loneliness that the teacher experienced in the last days of his life. According to several witnesses, Samuel Paty seemed lonely, fearing his days were numbered. While he used to walk home alone, in the four days before his murder the professor suddenly asked colleagues to accompany him in the car.

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“I didn’t recognize him,” described one English teacher. “He was clearly scared. He was wrapped […], he hid his face. He told me not to leave it in front of his house. […] He didn’t speak during the drive, he was withdrawn,” he told investigators.

On October 10, 2020, four days after showing a cartoon of Muhammad, Samuel Paty emailed his colleagues saying he was “being threatened by local Islamists.” “I am an atheist and not baptized! ! ! “He justifies himself when two professors distanced themselves from his course by conjuring up Islamophobic undertones.

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Attractive Internet research

Fear overcame Samuel Paty even within the walls of his home. On October 13, 2020, his web searches from his PC prove the extent of his agony. According to another report, he specifically searched for “What is a threat to public order? then “disruption of public order penal code”, but also “undermining of public peace”. The teacher also consulted a criminal law firm’s website.

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On October 14, this time, he researches himself by typing “Samuel Paty” into Google after hate videos were released denouncing his free speech course.

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On October 16, minutes before his assassination, Samuel Paty again attempted to be escorted home by car. However, due to his colleague’s busy schedule, he begins his journey on foot, hidden under a hood. His assailant, Abdoullakh Anzorov, will then manage to cross his path thanks to tips from students at the college. Investigators discover a hammer in the teacher’s backpack.

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