Today, schools commemorate the murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty. The flags at the HZ locations in Vlissingen and Middelburg will therefore hang at half mast on Monday 2 November.

In doing so, the HZ emphasises the importance of constitutional freedom of expression. Teachers must be able to offer a safe learning environment in which everyone is welcome. Freedom, equality and solidarity are central to this.

With the half-mast hanging of the flags, the HZ follows the call of education ministersIngrid van Engelshoven and Arie Slob.