French schoolgirl admits she lied after her story caused teacher’s beheading by Muslim extremist

The brutal death of Samuel Paty, a history teacher in west Paris, resulted in major tensions in France and the death of three other people, and as terrible as that is, the story only gets worse.

The troubles began when a 13-year-old student reportedly told her father that Paty had showed degrading images of the Muslim prophet Muhammed during a class on free speech — with 12 people being killed at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Jan. 2015 for publishing Muhammad cartoons, the country knows all too well the violence that can result from such behavior.

Turns out, the unidentified girl reportedly has since confessed to police that she lied about the whole thing.

The student’s lawyer, Mbeko Tabula, confirmed that her client was not in attendance in the class where she claimed the incident took place, the AFP news agency reported.

“She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson,” Tabula said.

According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the student had been suspended for cutting class and lied to her father to keep him from finding out, telling him she was suspended for voicing her objections to the teacher’s alleged actions.

“She would not have dared to confess to her father the real reasons for her exclusion shortly before the tragedy,” the newspaper said, “which was in fact linked to her bad behavior.”

After his daughter lied to him about the incident, the Muslim father would file a legal complaint and start a hate campaign against the teacher on Facebook and YouTube, claiming in videos that Paty showed images of Muhammed with his genitals exposed.

The Muslim community responded with outrage, much of it directed at Paty, who was killed 10 days after the girl’s accusations became known. Ensuing riots left three other people dead.

Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16, 2020, by Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov.

The assailant was an 18-year-old Chechen Muslim refugee who was killed by police as he attempted to flee the scene.

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned Paty’s brutal murder as an act of Islamic terrorism. The French people defiantly rallied around the deceased teacher in the name of free speech, displaying cartoons of Muhammad.

The young teenage student has reportedly been charged with slander, and her father has been for being “complicit in a terrorist killing”, along with an Islamist preacher, The Independent reported.

The consensus online seemed to be that the girl should face severe penalties for her actions, along with the father.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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