A 13-year-old student has fessed up to spreading a false story about French history teacher Samuel Paty — which led to him being beheaded last year, reports said Tuesday.
The girl, whose name has not been released, admitted that she had “lied” about a classroom incident at the school west of Paris in order to please her father, the Independent reported.
She claimed that Paty, 47, had asked Muslim students to leave the class before he showed them cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class on free speech, the outlet reported.
The girl’s fib caused her father to file a legal complaint against the teacher, which then started a social media campaign, the BBC reported.
Ten days later, the teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old man, Abdullakh Anzorov, according to the report.
But on Monday, her attorney revealed that the girl was not in class and out sick on the day of the supposed incident at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
“She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson,” her lawyer, Mbeko Tabula, told Agence France-Presse.