The account of a Paris teacher who claimed to have been attacked by an assailant affiliated to the Islamic State group was false, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
The hoax was found out few hours after plans to strengthen security in schools were being started to be made by the Minister of Education.
The victim, a teacher at the Jean-Perrin d’Aubervilliers school in the commune of Aubervilliers in the northeastern Parisian department of Seine-Saint-Denis, was attacked Monday morning. The teacher had been alone in the classroom when the attacker, wearing full faced covering and gloves, struck. No children were present in the school.
The incident is being investigated by the French anti terrorism police. A manhunt began in the northern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers soon after the incident was reported.
The attacker had a box cutter and scissors in his possession. He is on the run. The victim was stabbed in the side and the throat and was subsequently taken to the hospital. The New York Times reports that the teacher sustained minor wounds, from which he was recovering. However, he confessed the story wasn’t real. According to Reuters, an official said the teacher was “being interviewed with a view to establishing the reasons for this invented story.”
It “was a fake attempt, done so that [the teacher] could have himself transferred” to another job, an official said. Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said, “He wounded himself alone in his classroom, before the children arrived.”
French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem made a visit to the Aubervilliers school following the attack, describing it an “act of great gravity.” While she had closed the school and promised to tighten security at French schools upon learning of the incident, she did not immediately respond when news emerged that the story had been a lie.
The incident comes a little more than a month following the deadly Paris attacks that struck the French capital, killing 130 people.