A few more days of preparation. The presentation of the inter-ministerial plan dedicated to the fight against bullying, scheduled for Monday, September 25, is postponed to Thursday the 28th, according to information from BFMTV.
The government is mobilizing against this scourge that has been making headlines since the death in early September of Nicolas, a 15-year-old boy who ended his life in Poissy (Yvelines) after being harassed by students in his establishment.
Before the rectors met exceptionally on Monday afternoon, Education Minister Gabriel Attal promised a “shock at all levels” in the fight against bullying.
“Protect our students at all costs”
“My role, your role, is not to protect an institution at all costs, but to protect our students, our children at all costs,” he declared according to comments reported by those around him.
According to the minister’s wishes, an audit on the management of bullying cases will be launched in each academy from September 2022 to September 2023. The conclusions are expected in four weeks. Every year the results of the fight against harassment carried out by the rectorates will be evaluated.
Gabriel Attal’s speech came after the revelation of a letter from the Versailles rectorate sent to Nicolas’ parents who had alerted their establishment about incidents of bullying.
In this letter, revealed by BFMTV, the rectorate considers “unacceptable” the comments of parents who would have “questioned” the attitude of the establishment’s staff. He also asked parents to adopt a “constructive and respectful attitude” towards him, reminding them of the criminal risks of a slanderous complaint.
A response that provoked strong reactions from the government on Saturday. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne considered the letter “shocking” and Gabriel Attal spoke of “shame.”
Source: BFM TV