The following interview was recorded in Paris during a rally of teachers in honor and memory of Samuel Paty, the schoolteacher who was beheaded after showing the famous Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoon to his pupils.
WillowPear, who translated the clip for subtitling, includes this background:
The female teacher describes her experience in similar circumstances to those of Mr. Paty. It’s not clear exactly when she was threatened, but she underwent at least three months of counseling after the incident, so it was more than three months ago.
French teachers at the rally were wondering whether the freedom to teach is under threat in France.
|00:00||And are you living a little bit in fear today?|
|00:04||I think we can use this word?|
|00:07||Well, to begin with, it’s a history class, in 5th grade, on Islam, and in fact,|
|00:12||at a point, it’s a historical fact, Mohammed, in fact, arrives in Jewish communities.|
|00:16||And, in fact, I didn’t even think that this simple historical fact would start|
|00:20||a wave of hatred, and a student, in fact, at the end of the class told me:|
|00:24||“I’ll send ISIS to you,” and the next day he came back with a knife. I was incredibly lucky|
|00:28||because I also had next to me students who supported me, who prevented|
|00:32||anything serious from happening [to me]. And for us, for me,|
|00:37||it was extremely important to be here today.|
|00:40||Am I still scared? No! But it’s because I got over it.|
|00:44||I saw a psychologist who was supportive of me for three months.|
|00:48||I had fantastic doctors. My family circle is incredible as well.|
|00:52||I also have colleagues who supported me,|
|00:56||and that’s the way I was able to get over it, but at that moment you also feel|
|00:59||extremely guilty , because you ask yourself: what have I done wrong?|
|01:03||Because it’s an extremely strange feeling, it takes time|
|01:09||to get over it. In fact, you never forget what happened.