In the past month I have had the opportunity to speak with a few teachers in Canadian public and high schools. All of them, once they were confident that I was unlikely to call them names or report them, told me about the horrors of classroom exitence in Canada today, dealing with Muslim students and Muslim parents, many of whom, had wealthy husbands in the Middle East or Magreb but where here raising students using every possible dime of Canadian welfare and social program money they could get, driving large luxury SUV’s and getting state benefits etc. but mostly, insisting that female teachers wear head covering and demanding that Islamic values be enforced in the schools.
This is in Ottawa where the percentage of Muslims in class is far smaller than France.
So I would like to venture a wee guess as to why this teacher immolated herself. I could be wrong. But if one adds the numbers as I have them, I think I know why she did it.
Equation looks like this.
French teacher + Muslim students = total failure to accomplish anything at work, and eventually in life.
I could be wrong. She might just have had a bad hair day and decided to try something radical with it. But my money is on the first scenario.
Last updated at 5:12 PM on 13th October 2011
A school teacher taunted by unruly pupils doused herself in petrol and set herself alight infront of horrified students.
The unnamed female maths teacher, aged 44, is said to have been driven to despair by unruly pupils at Jean-Moulin secondary school in Beziers, southern France.
Shocked eyewitnesses told how the woman arrived the school at 9.30am, then stood in the main courtyard and soaked herself in petrol from a jerrycan.
She then screamed loudly before setting herself on fire with a lighter.
Reports in French newsapers said the previous evening she had had a ‘very difficult encounter’ with several students and had ‘taken it very badly’.
One member of the school staff told the French media: ‘There were some teachers and pupils there when she poured petrol all over herself.
‘People were looking on with utter disbelief as she set herself on fire, then immediately called for help to put her out.’
The teacher had reportedly been hostile at a parents’ evening ten days before the incident, after refusing to address parental concerns about her teaching methods.
School staff rushed to cover the burning teacher with a blanket and managed to extinguish the flames as a helicopter ambulance was rushed to the scene, reports said.
She was flown to Montpellier hospital’s serious burns unit where she is said to be in a serious but stable condition.
Officials said the woman teacher should survive after the attempted suicide, which was described as a ‘desperate act’.
State prosecutor Patrick Mathe said: ‘She should pull through. It was a desperate act… there was no crime.’
A spokesman for the school said: ‘We are all in a state of shock from this terrible incident.’
A Beziers police spokesman added: ‘An investigation is underway to establish what drove this woman to commit this awful act.’
In April this year, a desperate father-of-four set himself on fire and burned to death before horrified work-mates at a France telecom site in Bordeaux.
The 57-year-old man is said to have been driven to suicide by ‘stress, overwork and looming job cuts’.