A French teacher asked for a moment of silence from students to honor the Muslim terrorist who murdered 7 people - including three Jewish children and their father.
France's education minister called for disciplinary proceedings against a teacher in the north of France on Friday, after she allegedly asked her students to observe a moment's silence for serial killer Mohamed Merah, the man who gunned down three children and a rabbi in front of Jewish school in Toulouse earlier this week.
Students in the the French English teacher's class in Rouen wrote to their principal that she had called the serial killer a "victim," and said his links to al-Qaida were fabricated by the media and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to AFP.
The teacher's request prompted most of the students to empty out of the classroom, though some stayed behind to "try to understand what she was talking about," AFP reported according to their letter.
French Education Minister Luc Chatel has called for the teacher to be suspended for her request, which was made the day after police shot Merah dead in the south of France after he went on a killing spree.
Good to see most of the students had the common sense and moral courage to walk out on the teacher. And what does it say about French labor laws that the teacher will apparently only be suspended for her outrageous action? The woman shouldn't be allowed near a classroom for the rest of her life.
Meanwhile, Sarkozy wants to make it a crime to "habitually" visit jihadist websites:
"From now on, any person who habitually consults websites that advocate terrorism or that call for hate and violence will be punished," he said in a statement. "France will not tolerate ideological indoctrination on its soil."
Love to see how that law is going to be enforced. How does one define "habitually?" No matter. The law is almost unenforcable anyway, given how most jihadists know how to mask their surfing habits. But it sounds good in the middle of a presidential campaign.