A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has admitted she made up a story that led to her teacher being beheaded by a teenage terrorist.
Samuel Paty, 47, was decapitated in October in a Paris suburb after showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The teenage girl had told her dad Mr Paty had asked Muslim students to leave the classroom while he showed the images during a lesson on free speech.
Her claims sparked global outrage and led to death threats against Mr Paty, who was killed 10 days after her comments.
The teenager's father launched a social media campaign, identifying Mr Paty and the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
Mr Paty's killer, Abdoullakh Anzorov, 18, was in contact with her dad before butchering the history and geography teacher, it was later claimed.
But the teenage girl has now admitted lying about her teacher to please her father, who went on to file a legal complaint against the teacher, the BBC reports.
The teenager's lawyer, Mbeko Tabula, told AFP: "She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson."
During the online campaign, the teen's father, Brahim Chnina, called Mr Paty a "thug" and demanded he was sacked.
He said the same at a meeting with the headteacher – accompanied by a radical preacher who is on France's terror watchlist.
And he posted another message on Facebook, this time naming Mr Paty and the school where he worked.
He denounced the teacher's use of the cartoons published by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Mr Paty received death threats for producing the imagesin a lesson on freedom of expression.
Prosecutors said later there was a "direct casual link" between the online campaign and Mr Paty's brutal murder, which sent shockwaves across France .
Mr Paty's killer Anzorov was later shot dead by police.
Police believe the Chechen refugee had travelled 50 miles from his home in Normandy after seeing the online campaign.
Sources told Reuters the gun-toting teenager had sent a text message to the pupil's father before he decapitated Mr Paty with a kitchen knife.
The sources added it was not clear if the father had responded to the text.
But BFM TV reported that the father had exchanged WhatsApp messages with the killer in the days before the murder.
Last November, four teenage pupils were charged over the beheading including three who allegedly pointed him out to the terrorist that killed him.
Three of the four students charged were suspected of identifying Paty to his 18-year-old killer.
The three, who are between 13 and 14 years old, are being charged with "complicity in a terrorist murder," a source told AFP.
The fourth teen is the daughter of Brahim Chnina, who launched a virulent online campaign against Paty.
Three other pupils were earlier charged with complicity over the beheading.
Paty's murder sparked outrage in France and led to debates on free speech and how to tackle Islamic terrorism.
He paid the students a few hundred Euros for their help before he then stalked the 47-year-old dad-of-one.
Anzorov then tracked him down and beheaded him in a street near his school before being shot dead by the cops.
Chnina awaiting trial on complicity charges over the terrorist outrage.
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