Over the last week I’ve been contemplating what could be said about the events in Paris that haven’t already been said elsewhere.
When I heard about the Paris shootings last week and of the shootings earlier in the year, Brazil seemed a very long way away from the violence. I mean, who would bother to attack Brazil.
Then I heard a story regarding the sister of one of our students who wears a hijab and found herself on the end of a torrent of abuse when she went to a shopping centre having to endure being called a terrorist.
This story was recounted to a colleague of mine by a younger student who, on completion of the story said: “but they are all terrorists aren’t they?”
If this is the attitude of a student in a school which prides itself on international mindedness then what must the general public think?
Fortunately, this younger student is currently participating in a series of ‘learning experiences’ that will see him visit the places of worship of Hindus, Catholics, Buddhists, and Muslims. As an atheist I’d like to take him to my place of worship but he’s too young to go to the pub. C’est la vie.