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France: 'So hurtful, violent, unbearable' - Mourners react to killing of teacher02:58

France: 'So hurtful, violent, unbearable' - Mourners react to killing of teacher

France, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
October 18, 2020 at 16:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mourners shared their reaction on Sunday to the killing of a teacher, Samuel Paty, who was decapitated in what authorities call a terror attack near the capital on Friday night.

Locals turned the porch of the Bois d'Aulne secondary school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine into a makeshift memorial, leaving scores of flowers, candles and signs in tribute to the killed teacher.

"It is so hurtful, so violent, unbearable, what we are becoming, this society is not the one I've known," shared a mourner. "My legs are shaky, I don't understand this violence. This violence, this intolerance in the name of I don't really know what," she continued.

"I am appalled. There is no word strong enough to say what we are living through. And by coming here I tell myself that all it takes is for someone to have a knife, we are not going to feel safe anymore," said another local.

On Friday, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

France: 'So hurtful, violent, unbearable' - Mourners react to killing of teacher02:58
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Mourners shared their reaction on Sunday to the killing of a teacher, Samuel Paty, who was decapitated in what authorities call a terror attack near the capital on Friday night.

Locals turned the porch of the Bois d'Aulne secondary school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine into a makeshift memorial, leaving scores of flowers, candles and signs in tribute to the killed teacher.

"It is so hurtful, so violent, unbearable, what we are becoming, this society is not the one I've known," shared a mourner. "My legs are shaky, I don't understand this violence. This violence, this intolerance in the name of I don't really know what," she continued.

"I am appalled. There is no word strong enough to say what we are living through. And by coming here I tell myself that all it takes is for someone to have a knife, we are not going to feel safe anymore," said another local.

On Friday, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

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