Madame Kelly Talks About the Paris Attacks


Evelyn Viveros, Reporter

On November 13, 2015 three teams of terrorists set up attacks at six locations throughout Paris late Friday, including a concert hall, the Stade de France, a stadium, and four restaurants. Not only was France in a state of shock, the whole world could not believe the atrocity that took place in the city of lights. The Paper Cut spoke to French teacher, Madame Kelly, to hear her thoughts about the attacks.

When asked how she felt when she first heard, she replied, “I felt horrible because, well, I’m French and all my family lives in France. I have a sister who works in Paris and I have three cousins who work there, and one of them happens to live right next to that music hall where most of the people died.  Right away I tried to get a hold of him.  He sent me a message saying that he had actually heard everything, people were running around going crazy, trying escape and save themselves.” Mme Kelly’s cousin actually took two people in.  One person was injured and the other had escaped the music hall.  The woman could not find her husband and was frantic because she didn’t know if he had been shot or if he was hurt or alive.

“… it was very scary… It’s been very emotional for me because we have never had an act of terrorism of that magnitude in Paris before.”  Mme Kelly became emotional as she spoke of her country and her family.  When asked about her family, she replied, “No family is injured -physically we are all fine, but mentally and emotionally, it has been hard on everyone. My cousin who happened to be a witness and saw the damage…for him it is hard.”

Does she agree with the attacks France is conducting over to Syria? “I think they did the right thing because these people clearly stated that they are the ones who did this horrible act. I’m not for killing people, but they don’t have a soul; you cannot reason with them.”  We send our greatest condolences to all who were affected by the terrorist attack and we thank Madame Kelly for giving The Paper Cut the opportunity to talk about such a sensitive subject.