Maths teacher suspended for showing Saw to class

Ben Arnold

A year six maths teacher in France has been suspended after it emerged he'd show the horror film 'Saw' to his class.

The teacher, from Collège Jean-Baptiste Clément in Colombes, said to his class of 11-year-olds: “And to think you will see your first horror film in math.”

Though he only screened 20 minutes of the film, parents of the children discovered what they had been watching after some returned home upset.

One father of a child at the school, in a north western suburb of Paris, told Europe 1 radio: “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.






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

He then contacted the school to complain.



The teacher was called to a disciplinary meeting and given a one-day suspension pending further investigation into the incident.

“We’re in the process of seeing what sort of legal measures we might be able to take in this case,” said Jean-François Launay of the Federation of Students’ Parents Councils.

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The film is rating differently in different European countries, but 16 is the youngest age for which it is permitted to see the film, often cited among the rash of 'torture porn' films of the mid-2000s.

The film, released in 2004 and directed by James Wan, follows a group of people forced into a sadistic and violent game by a mysterious man.