A 16-year-old pupil is in police custody after he stabbed and killed a woman teacher during class at a school in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in south-west France, on Wednesday morning, reportedly claiming he was 'posessed'.
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.
Documents seen by Mediapart reveal that some students at the school where France's future judges and prosecutors are trained used racist language on a private online document. The comments made by the students, who are poised to graduate from the École Nationale de la Magistrature and start their careers, include “France for the French” and “Arabs Out”. The college's authorities informed prosecutors in Bordeaux who have now opened a criminal investigation. David Perrotin reports.
A boy and girl, both aged 15, are being held in custody after admitting to the murder of a 14-year-old girl from the same school whose badly beaten body was found thrown into the River Seine in a Paris suburb after she had drowned.
French pupils this year ending of their secondary education are currently sitting the baccalauréat, the all-important exam that opens the way to further education or the job market, a certificate that is surrounded by the heavy stress of fear of failure, for without it the doors of future social and professional advance appear closed.
Inhabitants of Provins, east of Paris, have voted in favour of introducing school uniforms in the town's primary schools, which France's education minister approved of saying it might be a way of lessening inequalities between pupils as perceived in clothing brands.
A heavily armed 17-year-old pupil of a secondary school in the town of Grasse, south-east France, was arrested by police after shooting four people including the school's headmaster who reportedly intervened to try and stop the attack.
A heavily-armed gunman, carrying grenades and explosives and reportedly aged 17, shot and wounded at least three people, including a headmaster, at a secondary school in Grasse, close to Nice, in south-east France.
Pupils in France go back to school this week amid ever-greater security and against the backdrop of a constant threat of terrorism. The education minister and the interior minister have held a joint press conference to outline the unprecedented measures that are being taken to ensure the safety of children at school. As Faïza Zerouala reports, the authorities have to strike a careful balance between ensuring educational establishments are prepared for a terrorist attack and avoiding causing anxiety among younger pupils.