French school tells Turkish parents to ‘not exaggerate’ cartoon about Armenian ‘genocide’
SARAJEVO / PARIS - Anatolia News Agency
A French school in which a controversial Armenian “genocide” cartoon was shown in class to students, including Turkish children, has told Turkish parents to "not exaggerate" the situation, Anatolia news agency reported.
During a meeting with the parents of the children and members of the anti-racism COJEP International foundation, school officials advised parents to "not look for ill intent" and suggested that the crisis may have been caused by the inexperience of the teacher who picked out the cartoon for the class.
The school further said the cartoon was not in any of the source material for the class but that the teacher simply took the picture from the Internet and distributed it among the students with the instructions that they interpret the drawing and deduce why Turkey “cannot join the EU” based on its subject matter, a COJEP member told AA.
The picture depicted a Turk trying to climb a mountain while carrying a basket full of skulls with the words "Armenian Genocide" written on its side.