When French students return to school for the fall semester they will have to undergo training in how to act in the event of a terrorist attack, the French government announced Wednesday.
France has been struck by three major terror attacks since the beginning of 2015 and remains in a state of emergency. To better prepare students for crisis situations, students aged 14 and older will take classes in life-saving skills and how to stay calm when terror strikes.
Principles are also required to hold mock attacks to improve “the ability of schools to react and not be taken by surprise.”
“The recent attacks and the context of the terrorist threat means heightened vigilance is required,” the government said in a statement.
The Islamic State listed schools as “top priority” targets for Jihadis last December. French ISIS propaganda magazine Dar al Islam urged parents to remove their children from the public school system, and to kill teachers who are “enemies of Islam” for teaching secularism.
A text messaging alert system that warns students and faculty will also be tested as part of the new measures. A nationwide terror alert app was launched in June before the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France, to give people reliable information “in case of a suspected attack.”
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