Over 20 schools in France on high alert as threats of attacks prompt mass student evacuations amid heightened tension

On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, at least 20 schools in Paris received terrorist attack threats, affecting neighborhoods in the XII, XV, XIX, and XVI districts. This news was reported by the rectorate of the French capital. Following this development, France is currently on “emergency attack alert” under the Vigipirate anti-terrorist plan after a recent terrorist attack in Russia by ISIS K that also threatened France.

One of the affected schools was Pierre Alviset in the V neighborhood of Paris, which had to evacuate all students before 9 am due to threats of a terrorist nature. Another incident occurred at Jean de la Fontaine high school in the 16th neighborhood, where 1,700 students were sent home after a bomb alert forced the evacuation of the school building. The messages received by schools via the ETN system referenced bomb threats accompanied by alarming content, leading to the closure of accounts that received these messages to prevent further exposure to students. In addition to these incidents in Paris, dozens of high schools in southern France also received similar threats, causing fear and concern among educators and parents alike.

The situation is further exacerbated by tensions surrounding secularism and Muslim students’ use of veils in schools. These conflicts have led to threats against school officials and teachers who enforce secular policies in their classrooms. Recent events such as director Lycée Maurice-Ravel’s resignation due to death threats emphasize how challenging it is for education institutions to maintain security while upholding secular values.

The incidents have sparked debates and criticism from politicians and members of society questioning whether governments can adequately protect schools and ensure student safety during such times. The ongoing threat posed by extremism within French education institutions has been highlighted by recent attacks on educators such as Professor Samuel Paty’s beheading and teacher Dominique Bernard’s murder. As authorities investigate these attacks and address security concerns for schools across France

By Aiden Johnson

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