France: 15-year-old Muslim student points a gun at his teacher, then claims it was a joke
A 15-year-old Muslim student is facing a prison sentence after threatening a teacher with a dummy gun in class while shouting ‘put your head down’ as if he was about to execute her.
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The viral footage, initially distributed on Snapchat, shows a class at Branly High School in Creteil, a south-east suburb of greater Paris. A male student stands in the middle of the classroom and threatens the teacher with an object that looks like a gun, and demands that she write ‘present’, not ‘absent’ in the attendance list. In the background, there is another student making obscene gestures at the camera.
The boys can be heard sniggering, as the female teacher remains calm and carries out the instructions that are being barked at her.
The Muslim teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before a youth judge in France on Sunday following the terrifying incident.
He insisted that the pistol was fake, and he was simply enjoying a joke, without any intent to intimidate his teacher.
President Emmanuel Macron called on his Interior Ministry to ‘take all measures to ensure that what happened is punished and that this type of behavior is permanently banned from schools’.
Following the incident, the teacher filed a complaint and two 16-year-old students were taken into custody, according to French media. The student who made the obscene gestures was soon released, while the main perpetrator is in custody and will stand before a juvenile court on Sunday.