It was reported that students saw a picture of their decapitated teacher online after the terrorist attack in Paris.
The 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty was stabbed to death yesterday on a street near his school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
He was killed after showing his students a caricature of a naked prophet Mohammad in a free speech class.
A photo of the teacher’s body, accompanied by a responsibility accepted message, was posted on Twitter by his killer.
The mother of one of Mr. Paty’s former students said the students saw pictures of his body after the attack.
The mother, Delphine, told this Sunday telegraph : “My daughter has access to so many websites. She has seen the pictures of the body online, and so have many of the children. That is what worries me most.”
The police identified the killer as Aboulakh A – a Russian citizen of Chechen origin.
The teenager had turned to students on the street and asked them to point out his victim, said anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard today.
The police shot the 18-year-old assailant, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered the history teacher in broad daylight.
Mr. Ricard said the Twitter post showing Teacher’s body said, “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful … I executed one of your Hellhounds to (President Emmanuel) Macron, the leader of the infidels who dared to belittle (Prophet) Mohammad. “
The mail was discovered on the attacker’s phone, which was near his body.
Mr. Ricard said the Twitter account belongs to the attacker.
The post was quickly removed from Twitter, which said they had suspended the account for violating company policies.
Earlier this month, in a class on freedom of expression, Mr. Paty showed his students cartoons by the Prophet Mohammad that angered a number of Muslim parents.
Muslims believe that any portrayal of the Prophet is blasphemous.
The attacker had lived in the town of Evreux northwest of Paris and was previously unknown to the secret services, Ricard said at a press conference.
The murder shocked the country and was reminiscent of an attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo five years ago. Prime Minister Jean Castex said it had the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism.
“I want to share with you my utter indignation. Secularism, the backbone of the French Republic, was targeted in this hideous act,” Castex said.
Unions, anti-racism groups and Charlie Hebdo are organizing a meeting in central Paris on Sunday to commemorate the murdered teacher.
A national tribute is being organized for Wednesday, Mr Macron’s office said.