"I felt the college threatened": the principal of the establishment of Samuel Paty recounts the days before the tragedy

A complaint and several reports were filed by the principal of the college of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in the days before the assassination of the history and geography professor.

During the investigation into the murder of Samuel Paty, murdered two years ago, the principal of the college of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in the Yvelines, retraced the days preceding the tragedy of October 16, 2020, reports The Parisian this Monday.

The media had access to a hearing by the head of the establishment, dated January 11, 2022, during which she recalls having launched several alerts upstream on the worrying situation in which the history and geography professor found himself.

“I felt on the front line”

She thus explains that she alerted territorial intelligence on October 7. On the 8th, Brahim Chnina (the father of the teenager who falsely accused Samuel Paty of Islamophobia, editor’s note) and the Islamist militant Abdelhakim Sefrioui, today prosecuted for complicity in a terrorist assassination, go to college. The main one describes two “aggressive” men.

“I felt the college threatened and I felt on the front line,” she explains.

She declares that she reported this meeting to the deputy academic director and also made a report “Done establishment”. It is a device intended “to record and transmit all the worrying facts (serious events, phenomena of violence) of a school, a district or an educational establishment”, explains the Ministry of Education.

Still according to information from Parisianthe headteacher also warns the police “to request security for the college” and declares that she held a meeting on October 9 with parents of students at which members of the police were present.

A complaint from the family for “failure to assist a person in danger”

On Tuesday October 13, after the broadcast of a video, posted by the two men on social networks, in which Samuel Paty is described as a “thug”, a complaint is filed by the principal and the history-geography teacher. The professor will be killed on Friday.

Samuel Paty’s family filed a complaint against the public authorities in April for “non-assistance to anyone in danger” and “non-prevention of crime”. The principal explains for her part that a month after the death of the teacher, grids were installed in front of the establishment, while it had been four years since she had asked for them to be put in place.

“When there was the tribute and I found myself with the family (of Samuel Paty), I said to myself that I had not managed to keep him alive, my teacher”, she regrets .

Salome Vincendon

Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist

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