French authorities confirmed Monday (Dec. 14) that a pre-school teacher who claimed an ISIS attacker stabbed him with a box cutter and scissors, lied about the whole thing. The teacher actually stabbed himself because he wanted to be transferred to another job.
The 45-year-old unidentified teacher works at Jean-Perri preschool, in a Paris suburb. He claimed the masked Isis terrorist wearing gloves slashed him and stated “This is Daesh, this is a warning.” (Daesh is another name for the Islamic State).
“He wounded himself alone in his classroom, before the children arrived, said a spokeswoman for Paris prosecutor Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre.
The school was temporarily closed after the teacher made his initial claim. He later admitted to lying and is still under investigation by authorities.
He was also hospitalized for non-life threatening wounds to his side and throat, before being released.
Paris has been on high alert since terrorist attacks last month killed more than 120 last month. The teacher could face six months in jail for reporting a false crime.