Samuel Paty, the history-geo teacher assassinated on Friday, was apparently an ace at jokes. Charlotte (1), 13, tells how much he could make people laugh in class. “He was too funny. For example, when he saw that we were falling asleep a little, he would suddenly say “Kinder bueno” quite loudly. Obviously, we would wake up. ” And Samuel Paty resumed his course … Other times, he cried “Come on, all on the PCs…. In fact, no, I’m kidding! ” Charlotte also remembers a “trick” that made her laugh above all else: “When he walked through the rows behind us and said “um, there is no switch, that’s what I thought”. Big white every time, and the whole class was laughing. “ Samuel Paty, 47, had been teaching for several years in this quiet college, in a residential area of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. He was one of the three favorite teachers of the bahut, according to Charlotte, “We all wanted to have it”. His students were numerous this Saturday gathered in front of the college to pay tribute to him. Some have placed flowers, white roses. Professors were also there, but more discreet, not wishing to speak, stunned by emotion. A housekeeper from the establishment, who retired last month, left a note: “May your rest be soft as a down and light as a cloud”. When she greeted the teacher in the halls “He answered me with a shy and very humble little voice. He really seemed like an introverted person who carried modesty within him. ”
“He was a man of dialogue”
Samuel Paty studied at the Lumière University, in Lyon-II then at the IUFM in Lyon. It was at the beginning of the 90s. Christophe Capuano, lecturer, a friend of the class remembers: “A hard worker, a brilliant student and a very good teacher. He was a man of dialogue who never wanted to shock. He carried out his teaching mission with courage. ” In 1997, his History-Geography Capes in his pocket, he landed like many young teachers in the Paris region. Among other things, he will make a visit to Torcy in Seine-et-Marne.
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All of the students we spoke to use the same words to describe it. “Mr. Paty, he was funny and sweet. Even those who didn’t like school were careful with him ”, assures Ilyes. He adds – and arguably one of the nicest compliments for a teacher: “Monsieur Paty, he made you want to learn.” Jean-Philippe, now in second class: “He took care of his approaches, built bridges between the different subjects, showing the evolutions in the history of ideas, anchoring them in the context of the time. He always created moments of debate, never directing them towards any party. ” His classes were rather relaxed. “We talked a little but not too much” (according to Charlotte). “As we liked him, we didn’t want to be crazy. He was super nice and open but he didn’t get stepped on, if he had to put on an hour of glue or call the parents, he did. When he wanted to say something, he said it “, adds Enzo (1), a fourth grader. Ludérick, another fourth, remembers that he wore shirts and jeans all the time. Enzo also talks about it directly: “He always wore a shirt, always always. It made us laugh. ” A single photo of him is circulating on social networks this Saturday. In a T-shirt, shoulder bag, by the sea. His gaze, masked by the sunglasses, seems to be looking into the distance.
Florine (1) lives with her family, members of the Travelers’ community, on land a few hundred meters from the college, Samuel Paty was her main teacher two years ago: “He had a good time, he knew how to manage the clowns of the class by being more joker than them.” His mother adds: “He was always appreciated by the students, he called to say when things were going with our daughter, to tell us that she was making progress, but also sometimes to fix things when she had behavior problems.” The teacher came to see the community regularly, for example to talk about a nephew who dropped out of school. “He wanted to work things out with the parents first. And I can tell you that there are not many teachers who come here ”, said the father.
“Honor his memory”
The memory of Ludérick is a little vague on this famous course, where the teacher showed the caricatures of Mohammed: “He suggested that the Muslim students come out of the classroom and he showed us a picture of a naked Muhammad. He explained that it was a caricature. Afterwards, the students came back and wanted to know but at the time, we didn’t say anything and we resumed lessons as if nothing had happened. “ The teacher showed the cartoons every year as part of moral and civic education (CME) classes. Mounia’s daughter had him as a teacher for two years. And the two years, she did the same session around the cartoons, without this arousing any emotion among the students and their parents. The mother remembers the first time. “My daughter was surprised because she didn’t know everyone in the caricature at all. And as it touched the prophet, it touched her. I explained to him that it was to be taken in the second degree. It’s up to us, as parents, to explain to them as well, because depending on the maturity of the kids, it doesn’t necessarily happen.»Mounia especially wants to remember this “Very invested teacher”, who has “Insured” during containment in the spring. “He was caring, listening to students and parents. He was doing his job well. “ Her daughter is “In shock today. She adored him “.
Her students spent half the night from Friday to Saturday on Snapchat, thinking about how “Honor his memory”. Charlotte tells about this giant drawing project, which the pupils would like to stick on the windows of the college. There is still debate about the content: some are leaning towards a drawing on slavery, which they learned in class before talking about Islam. Others are campaigning for a drawing on freedom of expression. On the college’s website, the teacher posted photos of the student drawing exhibition he organized last year. The theme was “Liberty, equality, fraternity”. The Elysée announced a national tribute on Wednesday.