French children will be taught how to survive a terrorist attack at school
French teenagers are to be given lessons in how to survive a terror attack at school following a spate of ISIS atrocities in the country.
When pupils return to school following the summer holidays next month, all those aged 14 and over will be taught basic ‘life-saving’ skills as well as how to stay calm in the event of an attack.
French officials hope the lessons will improve the resilience of youngsters and also train them to have good reactions.
The new measures will also see schools have to hold three bomb threat drills throughout the academic year to ensure they are not ‘taken by surprise’ if an attack does happen.
These will be activated by text message, to ensure they are different from a fire alarm drill.
The new training for pupils and teachers was announced by the French government yesterday in a joint statement from the interior and education ministries.
It said: ‘The recent attacks and the context of the terrorist threat means heightened vigilance is required.’
Meanwhile the statement also added how ISIS has previously said that schools are a ‘top priority’ target in a threat delivered last December.
The terror group said they want to remove children from French schools and kill teachers for being ‘enemies of Islam’ as they teach secularism.
The new measures for French schools will also see headteachers forced to hold special meetings with parents to inform them about what security measures they have in place.
Schools will also see surveilance stepped up in the roads around their buildings to make sure they are secure.
And teachers will also be urged to report any pupils to school authorities who they believe may be radicalised.
Earlier this year, several secondary school in Paris were evacuated after bomb threats, although these turned out be a hoax.
However, French authorities, who are already under pressure, do not want to take any risks when it comes to security.
France remains under a State of Emergency, which has been regularly extended since the November 13 attacks in Paris that saw 130 people gunned down or killed by suicide bombers.
Many had been enjoying themselves in tourist attractions including the Bataclan music venue, as well as bars and restaurants.
Last month, 85 people were killed in the French Rivieria resort of Nice, when an ISIS militant drove a 19-ton truck through a crowded promenade as people watched Bastille Day fireworks.
Meanwhile another grisly attack saw two men – Abdel Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche- who had pledged allegiance to the terror group kill priest Father Jacques Hamel as he led mass at a church in Normandy.