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FIn entrance of the journalists gathered in entrance of the Maurice-Ravel highschool in Paris, vagueness and consternation dominate. The principal of the institution introduced in a message despatched to the tutorial group on Tuesday that he was leaving his place for “security reasons”, after receiving loss of life threats on-line.

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An early retirement, introduced by the rectorate as a “personal convenience” and by the Ministry of Education as “an understandable decision”, whereas the principal, obtained by Gabriel Attal on Wednesday, had benefited from practical safety since 1er March.

Death threats on social media

It all began with an incident on February 28, inside the institution of the 20e district of Paris. The principal asks a scholar, an grownup and enrolled in BTS, to take away the veil she wears inside the faculty grounds. The lady refuses. In a video revealed by the CCIE (Collective in opposition to Islamophobia in Europe) on March 15 and relayed on TikTook, she claims, her face blurred, that the principal “violently hit her on the arm”. She filed a grievance, dismissed, for “violence not resulting in incapacity for work”.

The principal, for his half, filed one other, for “act of intimidation towards a person participating in the execution of a public service mission to obtain an exemption from the rules governing this service”.

Quickly, and in a now well-known mechanism, the machine takes off. The highschool is blocked, with cries of “student hit, high school blocked”. Social networks are ignited, accusing the principal of getting slapped the younger lady. The man, who has headed the institution for seven years, after a profession of forty-five years in National Education, has obtained loss of life threats. The Minister of Education, Nicole Belloubet, went there to point out her assist. Two younger males, unrelated to the highschool, are arrested; certainly one of them shall be tried on April 23 for on-line hatred.

Cornered, the principal nonetheless finally ends up saying his departure “for safety’s sake. [lui] and for the establishment,” in accordance with a message revealed by Humanity on X.

“It’s hot and it’s going too far”

In the highschool, for a month, completely different variations have been circulating. Some nonetheless assume that the principal slapped her scholar, which she herself denies. “Concretely, we don’t know what happened. There were many versions and we didn't really talk about it with our teachers, but whether it happened or not, death threats are hot and go too far, observes Keïs seriously, a second grade student chatting with his two friends Reda and Eigiro before returning to class. Death threats are serious, so it's logical that he left, it's better for everyone, so that nothing happens…”

The specter of the assassinations of Samuel Paty, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, and Dominique Bernard, in Arras, floats above the conversations. Clarisse and Lucie, two first year students, are saddened by the departure of a “rather nice principal, who responded to [leurs] questions “.

“We were a very calm high school, without problems…”

“I think it’s a shame that he left,” Clarisse explains, white jogging pants and puffer in hand. For him to undergo all that in just some weeks will need to have been laborious for him. What issues is that he’s protected. And if, firstly, I discovered it reputable to dam the college as a result of a scholar had been assaulted, it was as a result of I didn’t have the ultimate model of the story. Apparently he wouldn't have hit her. Since then, there was a barely unusual ambiance within the faculty. »

“It’s a subject that everyone talks about,” agrees her pal. It disturbs us a bit, it's a white oral week… We don't have the tip of the story, it's circulating, there was false information. The lecturers had a gathering to speak about it amongst themselves, however in my class, we weren’t advised about it. It's a bizarre ambiance, we have been a really calm highschool, with out issues, and now, it's all around the media, my household is asking me… And we don't have the solutions to all our questions. »

Contacted by RTL, the younger lady explains that she left highschool on the finish of February and says she regrets the extent of this story. “It was better for him to leave if he didn't feel safe; I moved on to something else. »

The discomfort is also perceptible among teachers, many of whom are reluctant to speak or give their names, while conceding that a “heavy” ambiance has set in inside the academic group.

“It doesn’t freak me out any more”

“There is a whole social, economic and political context which means that, faced with situations like these, we can wonder what vision we should have on the world,” confides a contract trainer, who needs to stay nameless. Me, moderately than an anxiety-provoking imaginative and prescient, I search to stay optimistic and optimistic. This shouldn’t be what is going to make us cease our educating mission. I additionally discover that there’s a lot of noise about not a lot. It went up in a short time and got here down simply as rapidly. The downside is the anarchic growth on the networks, the place a easy truth takes on extraordinary proportions. »

His colleague, Francine Dubettier, music trainer on the faculty, has an analogous speech. “I'm not into dramatization, even if I don't want to say that it doesn't worry me,” she explains in entrance of a troop of journalists – she is the one one who agrees to present her identify. “Of course, there’s a return of faith which is annoying, and that worries me. But, often, we handle that fairly rapidly. For instance, a few of my college students advised me that they didn't wish to sing as a result of it was Ramadan… I resolved the matter by asking for a phrase from the dad and mom and I didn't get a phrase from the dad and mom. My college students are 11 years outdated, is that this an actual reflection? You should in fact be vigilant, however, like all teenager, I’d say that there’s additionally a component of provocation. It's not the veil, it's the will to transcend the forbidden… For me, it doesn't freak me out that a lot, but it surely's actually unhappy and worrying that (the principal) ends his profession like that. »

The bell rings the tip of the break. The college students return to class, a couple of lecturers hurry to get on their bikes. A police automotive parks a couple of meters away, behind a France Info van.