Schools on High Alert in Paris Amid Growing Threats of Terrorism, Secularism and Intimidation.

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

On Wednesday, at least 20 schools in Paris were threatened with terrorism attacks. These schools were located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the French capital. France is currently under “emergency attack alert” status due to the threat of terrorism following an attack by ISIS K in Russia that also targeted France.

One of the affected schools was Pierre Alviset high school in the V neighborhood, which 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 in the 16th neighborhood, was evacuated after a bomb threat that forced over 1,700 students to go home while the police searched the premises.

The threats received by schools via the ETN system included references to bomb threats and graphic videos of beheadings. The Federation of Parents of Public Education Students in Paris urged parents to monitor their children’s online activities to prevent exposure to such content.

In addition to these incidents, dozens of high schools in southern France received similar 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 veils by Muslim students.

The recent resignation of Lycée Maurice-Ravel’s director following death threats for enforcing secularism and requesting a student 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.

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