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French teacher shows pupils horror film 'Saw'

Dan MacGuill · 11 Jun 2013, 13:14

Published: 11 Jun 2013 13:14 GMT+02:00

Jean-Baptiste Clément, a maths teacher at a college in Colombes, near Paris, is alleged to have shown a class full of 11-year-old pupils the infamously gruesome horror movie ‘Saw,’ on Monday.

Clément told the children: “This will be your first horror film,” according to French radio Europe 1.

According to a father of one of the pupils at the school in Hautes-de-Seine, in the north-western suburbs of Paris, he first discovered the extraordinary screening when his young son came home from school.

“He returned from school on Monday evening, visibly in some discomfort, not well. I asked him and he told me his maths teacher had shown them a horror film during class,” he told Europe 1.

“At the moment the teachers are having staff meetings and parent-teacher meetings, so their classes are cut short and interrupted a bit,” he added.

At that point the boy’s father contacted the school’s management to complain.

Clément was called to a disciplinary meeting on Tuesday morning, before being given a one-day suspension from teaching, according to Jean-François Launay from the Federation of Students’ Parents Councils.

“We’re in the process of seeing what sort of legal measures we might be able to take in this case,” he added, noting that the school had launched its own formal inquiry into the incident.

SEE ALSO: The Local’s gallery of the ten most outrageous French teacher scandals in recent months.

‘Saw,’ a 2004 film directed by Australian James Wan, revolves around a group of people trapped in a sadistic ‘game,’ whereby they are forced to kill each other by horrific and graphically-depicted means.

Aside from being rated for 16, 17 or 18-year-olds in different countries, 'Saw' is one of the most notoriously violent films of modern times, and has been labelled as part of a cinematic movement known as “torture porn.”

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Monday’s incident is not the first instance of outrageous behaviour by a teacher in France in recent months.

In May, The Local reported how a teacher in the southern city of Montpellier found herself in a spot of bother after using a swastika to teach geometry to a group primary school pupils.

In February, a teacher in northern France was investigated for giving her class the assignment of writing their own suicide letter.

Dan MacGuill (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

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