S: It was an honest mistake, anyone could have made it. Let’s not turn this into more than this is, everywhere I look someone is crying this-phobia that-phobia.

A: It seems more than an honest mistake to me, asking Muslim and Jews to wear coloured discs to mark them in the school cafeteria is definitely discriminatory and demeaning, but it reeks of malice to me. Which teacher wouldn’t have known that it is reminiscent of the stars the Jews were forced to wear in the holocaust? It is French history after all – recent one.

S: An overworked one, one who probably has a million other things on his or her mind. Teaching young kids is a nightmare; political correctness easily slips from one’s mind. Anyway, you are saying it is malicious but you have nothing to go on. Teachers and school administrators organise so many ‘colour coded’ and ‘graded’ systems for organisation; who can remember all the rules? It is forgetfulness, not malice on display here.

A: Well, such forgetfulness should be punished too. Don’t you lawyers have a term for this, when simple negligence becomes too severe that it needs to be punished?

S: Criminal negligence?

A: Yes, criminal negligence. Early school is where students learn the standards of tolerance, coexistence and ethics. If teachers will not be politically correct and symbolically astute, who will?

S: Ideally they should be, but sometimes ameen , political incorrectness is just unavoidable. Would putting an Asian student in ‘section yellow’ be incorrect, would asking an African to play a slave in the movies be incorrect? Let’s not over think these innocuous things, and please let’s not get worked up about this.