International News Mar 9, 2021 6:23 PM EST

French schoolgirl says she made up story that got teacher beheaded by Muslim radical

The student had told her father that the teacher kept Muslim students after class to show "a photograph of the Prophet [Muhammad] naked."

French schoolgirl says she made up story that got teacher beheaded by Muslim radical
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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The 13-year-old student who claimed that her teacher showed Muslim students a naked depiction of the prophet Muhammad has admitted that she was lying. This lie led to the beheading of that teacher.

The History and Geography teacher, Samuel Paty of Paris, France, was beheaded by a Muslim radical after the story the young girl told gained international attention.

The student had told her father that the teacher kept Muslim students after class to show "a photograph of the Prophet [Muhammad] naked."

Her father then went on to file a legal complaint and began a full-on hate campaign against the teacher. This included creating videos detailing the accusations against the teacher.

Days later, Paty was beheaded by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.

According to Mbeko Tabula, the lawyer representing the 13-year-old, the teen wasn't even in class when the alleged incident she described would have taken place.

"She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson," said Tabula to AFP News.

According to Le Parisien, the student was suspended from class that day for not attending classes, but she was afraid to tell that to her father. That's when she told the lies that cost the teacher his life.

"She would not have dared to confess to her father the real reasons for her exclusion shortly before the tragedy, which was in fact linked to her bad behaviour," wrote Le Parisien.

Her father has now been arrested for "complicity in a terrorist killing." Prosecutors say that the father's actions had a direct "casual link" to the teacher's death.

The 13-year-old faces slander charges.

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