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VSIt's an infernal spiral that repeats itself and is a merciless reminder of the drama that was the assassination of Samuel Paty. This Friday, three folks have been to be judged for having threatened the principal of a highschool in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), who had repeatedly requested a scholar, Meissa S., to withdraw her abaya, in addition to a faculty life advisor from the Créteil rectorate, who intervened within the face of the coed's refusal to adapt to the rules of secularism.

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Finally, for procedural causes, the case of one of many defendants was separated and will probably be judged subsequent spring. The highschool scholar, knowledgeable of this trial and an grownup on the time of the occasions, didn’t seem earlier than the Paris judicial court docket. According to the civil celebration, she was on trip in Dubai on the similar time. It will due to this fact be judged by default.

At the helm, the previous principal of the Romain-Roland highschool, who has since been transferred elsewhere, recounted the lie machine that was jamming and the intense penalties on her life. It all begins through the 12 months 2021 – 2022. In a couple of months, Meissa S., who accumulates absences, modifications the way in which she clothes. She first lined her hair with a big headband, then in March, went to highschool wearing an abaya. The administration staff alerts him to the truth that his outfit will not be suitable with a public highschool.

“Islamophobic high school”

Returning from spring break, new incident. This time, the 18-year-old lady is summoned within the presence of her mother and father. “After which we did not notice any improvement in her behavior and she had almost no grades given her numerous absences,” explains the principal. Meissa S., is then knowledgeable that she is not going to go to first common.

Faced with a number of related issues in regards to the outfits of sure college students, the instructing staff adopted, at her request, coaching on secularism in June 2022. At the next college 12 months, Meissa S. returned to highschool every week late and this time wears a headscarf, a veil, a bonnet and an abaya. While she is requested to take away her veil and hat, the younger lady hides the few hairs that stand out from her headband behind her pocket book.

Faced along with his refusal to adjust to the principles and trade his abaya for applicable clothes, his academics determine to not settle for him at school. At the top of the fifth instructional assembly, a number of of which have been organized with the varsity life consultant of the rectorate, who got here to “depersonalize” the matter and help the principal, Meissa S., slammed the door, saying that she was in an “Islamophobic” highschool. “.

Threats and wave of hatred

At the end of September, she was excluded for two days. Then again eight days after a new incident. “I had reached the end of the possible recourses in my sole power,” warns the principal, a slender woman, with boyish-cut hair and a soft voice. During December, Meissa S. stopped coming to class. A dropout which, despite reports, lasts until May 12. When she returns, dressed in her abaya, the principal summons her again to her office. “She got angry and told me ‘it’s okay, you’re not going to do it again’,” she remembers.

The head of the establishment decides to set up yet another meeting with Meissa's parents. Neither the student nor his parents show up. Destitute, the principal ends up convening a disciplinary council at the end of which Meissa S. is permanently excluded from the Romain-Roland high school. In all, twelve educational interviews with the young woman will have been organized until these debates take place.

Rather than appeal her dismissal, as she has the right to do, and while a re-schooling solution was offered to her, Meissa S. returned home, switched her TikTok account from “private” to “public” and publishes a video in which she recounts her exclusion. She accuses her principal of Islamophobia by name and asserts that “her baccalaureate year [est] missed” because of the event. The next day, she also posted a “thread” of several messages on her establishment.

“She knew she was lighting a breach and put a target on our backs,” the latter said on the stand. The TikTok video has been viewed more than 400,000 times while messages posted on X generate hundreds of comments, including calls for violence and death threats. “Let me know if it goes down to the high school, I have a history with Madame A.”, comments Eloïm B., for example, about the school life advisor at the rectorate. His message is accompanied by an image of a man brandishing a knife. Prosecuted – it was his case which was disjointed – the young man born in 2003 was not – contrary to his wishes – represented by a lawyer at the hearing this Friday.

“I thought she had been the victim of violence”

Among the comments on […] Dirty bitch we're going to come back and fuck you like at the height of our blockades […] You are all guilty and complicit. Strength to you and your sisters (sic).” After listening to the principal and the rectorate advisor both say on the stand how much they had been traumatized by these threats, no longer daring to appear in public, take public transport or take their children to school , the defendant apologized and indicated that he had “acted under the influence of emotion”. “When I saw the student’s post I thought that she had been the victim of violence,” he said, without being able to fully recognize that she could have lied.

“We are in the middle of virtual reality where anyone can say anything, invent themselves as a victim of discrimination in front of a pack who with blows of like will attack people entrusted with public service missions. We take the lying comments of a high school student at face value and the machine goes into overdrive,” denounced Me Florence Lec, civil party to the trial, recalling what the dramatic consequences of such actions in the past could have been.

Alert about a lie

In her submissions, the prosecutor returned to the difficulties that teachers and school leaders have in enforcing the law on secularism. Especially since at the time of the events, the Attal circular on respect for the values ​​of the Republic banning the abaya had not yet been published.

As for Meissa S., the representative of the public prosecutor, insists on the fact that rather than appealing her exclusion, the young woman chose to alert on social networks what she describes as an injustice. “But when we have had so many interviews, several temporary exclusions on the subject without the behavior changing, it is difficult to say that she was not aware that this decision was going to be taken, difficult to be surprised,” argues the prosecutor.

By speaking out on TikTok and Twitter, the student knew “perfectly” that there would be “consequences”. “She provoked the harassment, supposedly to alert, but to alert on a lie,” warned the prosecutor, asking for a six-month suspended prison sentence and a citizenship course for the young woman. carry out at your own expense with an online hate module. Against Jules L., she requested a five-month suspended prison sentence and the completion of a similar internship.

An absent defendant

Tried for “death threats”, “threat to commit a crime or misdemeanor against persons entrusted with a public service mission”, “cyberharassment resulting in an ITT of more than 8 days on a person entrusted with a public service mission” and “disclosure personal information enabling the identification or location of a person and exposing them to a direct risk of harm to the person or property”, the defendants confronted penalties of as much as 5 years of imprisonment.

Finally, it was the flip of Meissa B.'s protection to talk. Me Nabil Boudi tried to clarify to the president and the assessors that the intentional aspect was not characterised. In different phrases, that Meissa B. had not voluntarily and deliberately thrown away the names of the 2 complainants. He defined that these reactions on social networks have been the actions of a younger lady “humiliated” by having been excluded. A phrase that’s tough to listen to, although her consumer didn’t seem on the listening to and was due to this fact unable to offer explanations in regards to the details with which she is accused, or to formulate the slightest excuse. in the direction of the victims.

An absence regretted by all events, and which frequently has, in such circumstances, penalties on the content material of the judgment. Me Boudi justified this absence by the “trauma” skilled by his consumer on this case. Judgment is due on July 5.