Who was Samuel Paty, the beheaded professor at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine?

Who was Samuel Paty, the beheaded professor at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine?
Who was Samuel Paty, the beheaded professor at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine?

The city of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) is in a state of shock and astonishment after the death of Samuel Paty, whose identity was confirmed to us this Saturday morning by several parents and students of the college of Bois d’Aulne, where he taught.

This 47-year-old professor of history and geography was beheaded on Friday around 5 p.m. by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin, not far from his college. “According to the first testimonies, the author of the facts was in front of the college during the afternoon”, in order to wait for the victim, said this Saturday at a press conference Jean-François Ricard, prosecutor of the Republic antiterrorism.

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The murdered teacher had recently shown his students caricatures of Muhammad – while offering to those who wanted to leave the classroom – during a course on freedom of expression. The teacher was then threatened by parents and even filed a complaint with the police station.

He was an excellent teacher, very caring

The mother of a student who was in the classroom of the slain teacher

All morning this Saturday, many parents and students came to pay tribute to the missing teacher, in particular by placing flowers in front of the entrance to the college in Bois d’Aulne. Some then returned to the college, where a support unit was set up.

«We came to pay tribute to my children’s teacher, who was an excellent teacher, very benevolent. He was concerned about all of his students and the whole group. He was always listening», Explained to Figaro Sandrine *. His daughter is one of the beheaded teacher’s pupils. She had had this teacher last year in fourth grade. He was also her teacher this year, in 3rd grade.

“He was really a good teacher”breathes the young girl very moved. She continues: “Last year (when she was in 4th grade, Editor’s note), he showed us two caricatures of Charlie. He asked people who wanted to leave the room. Nobody said anything. He gave us the choice to be Charlie or not to be Charlie».

«He was one of the professors we had the most contact with during confinement. He cared about his students’ beliefs all the time and he cared about being respectful to them all the time», Continues Sandrine. Before adding: “Last year when the children had this course, they did not experience it at all as something to attack their beliefs but on the contrary as a debate and an exchange that could take place in class.».

With reddened eyes, Sandrine concludes: “He was very benevolent and very appreciated, he knew how to highlight the students, individually or in groups, to encourage them. He was also greatly appreciated by his former students who are now in high school».

Tributes on social networks

On Twitter, some of his former comrades or colleagues paid tribute to him. He “was my former classmate from Lyon-2 University. He was a brilliant student, a great teacher, a man of dialogue. I will quote your name and your example comrade for all those who will still want to do this beautiful jobOne wrote, posting a photo. The latter, accessible to all, was posted in 2008 on the Flickr account of the deceased teacher.

Samuel Paty in July 2008 Samuel Paty’s Flickr account (screenshot)

«Samuel Paty crossed my professional path at l’Arche Guedon in Torcy. He was an exemplary teacher and a valued colleague. RIP comrade», For his part posted a teacher.

Samuel Paty was married and the father of a family. The Élysée indicated on Saturday that a “national tribute” would be paid to him. This tribute, the date of which has not yet been fixed, will be organized in coordination with the family of the victim.

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