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The former rector of Versailles described the mail they obtained as “inadmissible” and warranted that she was “not aware of it”.

By LL with AFP

Former rector of the Versailles rectorate Charline Avenel, during the “Find your voice” event in June 2023.
Former rector of the Versailles rectorate Charline Avenel, throughout the “Find your voice” occasion in June 2023.
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Dn an interview printed Saturday night by Le Parisien, the former rector of Versailles, Charline Avenel affirms that she had “not been aware” of the controversial letter despatched by the rectorate to the parents of Nicolas, 15 years previous who dedicated suicide at the begin of the faculty 12 months after having suffered harassment.

“I regret not having been aware of these letters and not having been able to ensure that the distress of the families was taken into account,” declared the former rector in the columns of the Ile-de-France every day. She was “on leave” at the time, as was her deputy, however assures that “this has nothing to do” with this lack of data.

She additionally presents “apologies to Nicolas’s parents” in her title and on behalf of the establishment she headed at the time of the occasions, describing this letter as “inadmissible”. “I was devastated to learn of the death of this student. When I discovered the existence of this letter a week ago in the press, I was devastated,” she says.

Contacted by AFP, Charline Avenel indicated that she didn’t want to remark additional on this matter “immediately”. In the interview, she explains that she additionally didn’t know {that a} letter of the identical ilk had additionally been despatched to a household who had reported a sexual assault at the starting of the 12 months on their little lady by an after-school chief in Andrésy (Yvelines).

Human error or systemic downside?

“I have validated the principle of letters addressed to families which threaten teachers”, letters referred to as “comminatory” to which National Education workers can have entry to recall authorized provisions. “But never for correspondence with families whose children are victims of harassment. I discovered that these letters of disapproval were sent, and I fear in large numbers, indiscriminately to families in distress,” she admitted.

She indicated at this stage that she couldn’t say whether or not these shipments have been “a human error or a systemic problem which goes beyond the Versailles academy”. The administration’s responses to the households of Nicolas and the little lady who accused a number of sexual violence sparked sturdy reactions inside the authorities, which described the first letter revealed as “disgrace” and “strongly condemned” the second.

The Minister of Education introduced the launch of an audit on the administration of instances of harassment from September 2022 to September 2023 in every academy. Gabriel Attal “will go to the Versailles rectorate on Monday morning to take stock with the new rector”, appointed in mid-July, introduced rue de Grenelle.