Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mother Murders Teacher

A female teacher was stabbed to death Friday in front of her pupils at a primary school in the southern French town of Albi by a student’s mother, who was immediately detained. President Francois Hollande immediately sent Education Minister Benoit Hamon to the school to take charge of the government response.

The stabbing took place as morning classes began at Albi’s Edouard Herriot primary school, which is attended by 284 students aged from three to 11. A spokesman for Hamon said he was on his way to the school to show his support, saying the education minister “is deeply shocked by this crime, which plunges the end of the school year into mourning.” The incident comes amid concerns in France over assaults by parents on teachers, with a study released in April saying nearly half of primary school principals had been verbally or physically abused by parents.