/ 10 March 2021

Samuel Paty student admits to lying

A 13yo school girl has admitted to lying about her teacher Samuel Paty – a fateful fib that likely set off a tragic chain of events that led to his brutal murder by an Islamic extremist close to his school near Paris in October last year. In a tragic twist, a court heard that while a version of the girl’s account of the Muhammad cartoon incident did occur, she was not in class that day. The girl originally told her father that Paty had asked Muslim students to leave the classroom while he showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. She told dad she took issue with the request, and Paty suspended her. The girl’s father then started an online hate campaign that prosecutors argue had a “direct causal link” to Paty’s murder. The girl’s father, who faces charges of complicity in the killing, said he “never thought my messages would be seen by terrorists”.

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