Did French school fail Dinah, 14, who took her life after being bullied?


A month after the suicide of 14-year-old Dinah in October 2021, her parents lodged an official complaint with the prosecution authorities over “bullying”, and have accused the middle school she attended in north-east France of failing to provide assistance to a person in danger. The school and the education authorities deny there was any breakdown in pupil welfare procedures. But other parents have told Mediapart of their concerns over how the same establishment handled the bullying of their children. David Perrotin reports.

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“Dinah. Born December 18th 2006, died October 5th 2021. She loved life so much, but she was made to believe that life didn't love her. And now?” Dinah's mother, Samira Gonthier, put this sentence in the form of an epitaph on her Twitter account just after her 14-year-old daughter took her life. She uses the account to post photos of her “baby”, articles about the tragedy or simply words that she is gradually finding: “I love you and I will love you, mother and daughter for life.”