Paris suicide bomber’s school warned officials of his radical views, but they failed to tell police
A Belgian school attended by one of the Paris attackers alerted education officials to signs of his radicalization, but they failed to pass on the warnings to police.
Bilal Hadfi’s school in Brussels shared their concerns with civil authorities, Belgian media reported, as a woman claiming to be his mother said she felt guilty about failing to notice his radicalization.
Hadfi blew himself up outside the Stade de France in Paris last month.
Teachers at Hadfi’s school, Anneessens-Funck, grew concerned after he openly cheered the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January.
Documents and messages to educational officials describing their fears about Hadfi were seen by Belgian newspapers. De Morgen reported on Saturday that a police supervisory body known as Committee P is investigating why the warnings were not passed on to the security services.
In an April 27 email, the school’s director, Chris Pijpen, told an education official, Charles Huygens, that Hadfi had not attended school since February 24. The director feared he had left for Syria and rumours to that effect were circulating among pupils. His mother and aunt reportedly told school officials on March 23 that he had left to stay with relatives in Morocco because he was “fed up” with school.
Belgian law requires that schools report suspicions of terrorist activity to the authorities but Pijpen said he had never received a reply to his email.
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