A threatening letter sent by local education authorities to the parents of a teenager in France who complained about being bullied at school outraged the French government, which called her a “disgrace” after the suicide of the young man.
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Nicholas15 years old, committed suicide on September 5th, one day after starting to study at a new school in Paris, after having complained of being bullied the previous year at his then center located in Poissyabout 20 km west of the capital.
Instead of showing solidarity with the parents of Adolescentthe education authorities responsible for their former center sent them a letter in May stating that their statements had been “unacceptable” and urging them to take action “constructive”.
“We are outraged and dismayed to receive such letters” In response to her concerns about harassment, the mother told AFP: Beatrice. “Nicolas’ father and I don’t understand, we still don’t understand.”he added.
The letter also recalled that slander France It is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and 45,000 euros ($48,000).
“This letter is a shame, a shame”indicated on Saturday the Minister of Education Gabriel Attalfollowing the information revealed by the network BFMTV.
The Prime Minister, Elizabeth Bornerecognized that “There was clearly a failure in the type of response given to extremely concerned parents.”
Attal He said inspectors have launched an investigation that will present their findings within two weeks, with possible sanctions. Nicholas He first complained about bullying in December 2021.
The new Minister of Education, who took office in July, made the fight school bullying a priority, after a series of youth suicides in recent years.
The Public Ministry Versaillescompetent in the field of Poissyinvestigate whether the suicide was directly related to the harassment, although he warned that no conclusions could be drawn for now.
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