Paris School Terrorism Threats: 20 Schools Evacuated in a Single Day

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

Paris has experienced a surge of terrorism threats, with at least 20 schools receiving threats between Tuesday night and Wednesday. These schools are located in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI neighborhoods of the city, according to the rectorate of Paris. France is currently under “emergency attack alert” status due to the threat of terrorism.

One of the affected schools, Pierre Alviset in the V neighborhood of Paris, 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 1,700 students to go home while the 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 and other terrorist content. 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 safety for 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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