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French Teacher holds moment of silence for Mohammed Merah

French teacher faces disciplinary action after allegedly asking students to observe moment of silence in honor of Mohammed Merah;
According to a report on the website of French newspaper Paris Normandie, the 56-year-old English teacher in Rouen, North of Paris, urged students to honor the Toulouse killer shortly before classes started.

Some students reportedly refused the request and left the classroom, the Ministry of Education said. Class representatives then wrote a letter to the principal to report the incident.

Toulouse killer's brother says he's "very proud", French newspaper Le Point reported.


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Published: 03.23.12





A French teacher faces disciplinary action for allegedly asking her students to observe a moment of silence for Toulouse terrorist Mohammed Merah a day after he was killed by police, AFP reported Friday.



According to a report on the website of French newspaper Paris Normandie, the 56-year-old English teacher in Rouen, North of Paris, urged students to honor the Toulouse killer shortly before classes started.




Some students reportedly refused the request and left the classroom, the Ministry of Education said. Class representatives then wrote a letter to the principal to report the incident.



The teacher claimed that Merah was a victim and that his supposed link to al-Qaeda was invented by the media and by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the students wrote in their letter.



While most students walked out, some stayed in the classroom in order "to try to understand what she was talking about," the student letter said.





Meanwhile, Merah's older brother was quoted as saying Friday that he is "very proud" of the Toulouse killer, French newspaper Le Point reported.

Abdelkader Merah is currently in detention and on Thursday was quoted as saying that he was unaware of his brother's murderous plans



Police shot Merah dead on Thursday after he barricaded himself in his apartment for more than a day.



Following the killing of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse, including three children, schools across France observed a moment of silence in their memory.





French police chief: Killer said 'I'm waiting for you' -

French Police Chief Amaury de Hauteclocque, in charge o the raid on Mohamed Merah's Toulouse home Thursday, told French newspaper "Le Figaro" on Saturday about the shooting killer's last moments before being shot in the head by police.



According to the police chief, Merah told officials he wanted to die and fired at them as they attempted to disperse tear gas in the terrorist's Toulouse home where he fortified himself.

Hauteclocque explained the police tried to get Merah to flee the house by using tear gas, but claimed the killer had other plans. "He was waiting for us. The minute we began to make a hole in the wall to disperse the gas through, he opened fire. I ordered my people not to shot. We hurled hand grenades through the windows to shock him. He suddenly came out and opened fire," the police chief explained.

He went on to say that once Merah decided to cut off all contact with police officials, it was clear that the intend of the negotiations was to allow him to rest and prepare for a clash. "Up until the last moment, shortly before his outburst, I had a mediator standing behind the door proposing he put down his weapon," said Hauteclocque.





However the terrorist apparently had a death wish. "He told us he was a Jihad warrior in war with France since March 11. He said he wanted to die holding a sword and join Allah and the 72 virgins," the police chief continued.



"I could have waited for hours and days to catch him alive, but he chose his faith. He clearly told us: 'I'm waiting for you.' He wanted to confront us on his own territory… He turned his home into a battlefield."


French television published Friday evening the first images from the home of Merah. The video images clearly show the extensive damage caused to Merah's apartment in the course of the raid, including numerous bullet holes and broken walls.



Meanwhile, as France asks itself whether it could have done more to prevent Merah from shooting dead seven people in a killing spree that shook the nation, there is one question that refuses to go away: how did he obtain so many guns.



The size and nature of the arsenal amassed by Merah - who stockpiled at least eight guns including a Kalashnikov assault rifle and an Uzi machine pistol - has focused attention on the easy availability of illegal weapons in France and their growing use in ultra-violent crimes.



Just weeks after France tightened gun laws which were already among the strictest in the world, the issue has blown into the political debate ahead of an April-May presidential election.



Some of the weapons Merah obtained are more typically found on a battlefield.


His arsenal reportedly included at least three Colt .45 pistols, the US army's sidearm of choice during the Second World War, a 9mm Sten submachine gun, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a pump-action shotgun, an Uzi machine pistol, as well as a Colt .357 Python revolver.




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