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Old Clip From France of Student Pointing 'Gun' at Teacher Shared as Recent

While the video is indeed from France, it dates back to 2018, and the student was holding a fake gun.

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A video showing a student pointing gun at his teacher inside a classroom is going viral on social media to claim that this happened recently in France amid the ongoing protests.

What protests?: France witnessed violent clashes recently between the public and the police after the death of Nahel, a 17-year-old teenager who was allegedly killed at the hands of the police for driving a car without a license.

While the video is indeed from France, it dates back to 2018, and the student was holding a fake gun.

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(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

What's the truth?: The video is indeed from France, but it dates back to 2018 and is unrelated to the recent protests.

  • Moreover, the 15-year-old student was pointing a fake gun at his teacher in the Parisian suburb of Creteil.

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How did we find out the truth?: We divided the video into multiple keyframes and performed a reverse image search with some relevant keywords.

  • This led us to a reports from 22 October 2018 carrying this same video.

  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report stated that a French teenager was charged with aggravated violence after this video showed him pointing a fake gun at his teacher at the Edouard-Branly High School in the Parisian suburb of Creteil.

  • It added that the 15-year-old said his actions were "a joke", however, the teacher registered a complaint to the police.

  • It also stated that later, the student turned himself into police, accompanied by his father.

  • The same details were also reported by DW, Time Magazine, France 24 and The Sun.

While the video is indeed from France, it dates back to 2018, and the student was holding a fake gun.

Screenshot of an article shared by AFP and France 24.

(Source: France 24/Screenshot)

  • The reports also included a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, who called the incident "unacceptable" and ordered his ministers to take "all necessary measures" to prevent similar incidents.

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Conclusion: An old video from France showing a teenager pointing a fake gun at a teacher is going viral on social media as recent.

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Topics:  France   Fact Check   Gun Violence 

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