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Teacher in France stabbed to death by high school student, police say

Paris: A high school student stabbed a teacher to death on Wednesday in southwestern France, according to French authorities and media reports.

Bayonne’s prosecutor said the student was arrested by the police.

French media reported that the student, born in 2007, said he heard voices calling to kill the 53-year-old Spanish teacher at the private Catholic school in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

A teacher dies after being stabbed by a student in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, on February 22, 2023.
Spectators gather at the entrance of the private school where a teacher died on Wednesday. Gajka Eros/AFP-Getty Images

Education Minister Pap Nadiye was to go to school later on Wednesday.

French government spokesman Olivier Veran, speaking after the weekly cabinet meeting, expressed the government’s support for the education community and said the incident represented a blow to the nation.

In 2020, teacher Samuel Paty was killed outside his school in suburban Paris by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin who was angry that he had destroyed the classroom after images were republished by a satirical newspaper. Caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were shown. Targeted in the 2015 attack.



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