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Gunman Kills Teacher, 3 Children At French Jewish School
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Four people - a teacher and three students, including a 3-year-old – reportedly were shot dead outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the school day. The shooter then entered the building shooting at students and teachers. He then fled on his motorbike.

Several students also were injured inside the building, according to reports. The dead adult is reported to be the rabbi of the school, according to Haaretz.

Some 200 students attend the school, according to Israel Radio.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered security to be tightened around all Jewish schools in France after the attack, the French news agency AFP reported.

Gueant and French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly are on their way to Toulouse.

"We are horrified by this attack and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

The attack followed the fatal shootings of three off-duty soldiers in and near Toulouse by a gunman on a motorbike over the past week. It was not known if the attacks were connected.

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03/19/2012 - 17:08

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If the French want to protect Jewish schools, they should do this. And they should provide bullet proof vests. And I'm upset and not making sense and I should be working.

This is the most telling thing about our enemies. Whether this is Al Qaeda, or neo-Nazis, the fact that our enemies are willing and eager to shoot children exemplifies how much hatred exists. I can't even conceptualize the hatred that would lead someone to think it is rational and appropriate to gun down a child. The Jew-hatred that exists, in so many forms, is extant. I see it in the comments sections of major news websites, I hear it on C-SPAN when listeners call in, etc. It's out there, it's under the surface, and every now and then it manifests into what happened in France today.

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