French nursery kids back at school after hostage ordeal

14th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A French nursery school teacher and 10 of her pupils taken hostage by a sword-carrying teenager were back in class Tuesday a day after their ordeal.

"It was a difficult night, I didn't get much sleep. But I wanted the children to return, to see me, to see the classroom tidied up," teacher Nathalie Roffet said at the school in the eastern city of Besancon.

A 17-year-old armed with two swords burst into the kindergarten on Monday and initially took 21 children hostage as parents dropped them off for the start of class.

He released most of them over the course of the morning but kept five, aged between four and six, as well as Roffet for several hours before being overpowered by police.

Education Minister Luc Chatel said the teenager was "a clearly depressive individual who never had any other demand but to put an end to his own life."

Ten of the chidlren held hostage were Tuesday back at the school, officials said, adding that half of the school's 91 pupils had turned up for class.

© 2010 AFP

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