School Shooting Shocks France

So, despite being asked not to by the FCPE, we sent Ruadhri to school this morning. And he’ll be coming back home tonight, thank heavens, unlike the three children shot outside the Jewish school in Toulouse today. The father of two of the children was also killed. France is still reeling after the shooting of three soldiers last week in Montauban and Toulouse, in two separate incidents. They were killed by the same person, a man on a black scooter, and it appears he’s struck again today. The young soldiers’ deaths were tragic enough, but the shooting of three children goes even further.

What exactly has it achieved? What cause has it furthered? All it has done as far as I can see is pointlessly cut four lives short, tragically short in the case of the children who were 4, 6 and 10, and shocked and disgusted the entire country. Probably most of the world. Only the very sickest members of society could fail to be upset by the murder of a child.

There will be a day of mourning, the President has announced, and tomorrow, Tuesday, all schools will observe a minute’s silence. This is a chilling echo of what has just happened in Belgium following the dreadful coach accident which killed 22 youngsters and 6 adults only last week.

I can only hope with all my might that the police catch this murderer before he strikes again, and also that somehow the families of the victims can find the strength to cope with their unimaginably horrific ordeal. I’m sure that everyone’s hearts goes out to them.


0 Replies to “School Shooting Shocks France”

  1. The whole thing is ghastly and, as you can imagine, in our region down here people are not only sickened but concerned for their own families. We were actually in Montauban last Thursday when the soldiers were shot, although we didn’t know it at the time. I’m supposed to be going to Toulouse on Saturday for an exam but I don’t know if they will hold it, especially since it’s at a rather public place.

    I can’t begin to imagine what the families must be going through or the anguish of those who live in Toulouse or Montauban and have children.

    The man is clearly a psychopath but obviously a very well-organised one who has manged to evade capture so far. Let’s hope the detachments of CRS they’ve drafted in will do the trick, but the phrase ‘needle in a haystack’ springs to mind. It’s very easy to hide in our region.

  2. Steph,
    This is so terribly horrific that words, at lest mine are of no help. But saying nothing is somehow worse, so let me add that Toulouse and its residents are in my heart and head. I’ve only been there three times, most recently last September,and only know Montauban as a name on a sign, but Toulouse is a wonderful extraordinary world city and feels closer to me than many places this side of the Atlantic. My heart leaves here for those who have lost children, friends and family there.

    1. I know what you mean, Suze. I felt I had to say something about it, although there’s nothing at all I can do to help the bereaved people. But it’s happened in my country and it’s horrific, and you can’t just let it pass by.

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