the family asks the rectorate and Facebook to account

the family asks the rectorate and Facebook to account

2023-06-01 14:42:00

“SIf everyone had done their job to protect Lindsay, she would be alive”: the family of the teenager, who killed herself at 13 after being the victim of school harassment, announced Thursday that they had filed a complaint in particular against the rectorate. and Facebook.

Three complaints have been filed against the management of the college, the Lille academy and the police in charge of the investigation for “non-assistance to anyone in danger”, detailed the family lawyer, Me Pierre Debuisson, during a a press conference in Vendin-le-Vieil (Pas-de-Calais), where the schoolgirl, who committed suicide on May 12, was educated.

A fourth targets the social network Facebook “completely failing” in terms of content moderation and the fight against “hate speech”, according to the lawyer.

He denounced harassment against Lindsay which continues in particular on Instagram, citing a “public account (…) in which it is written + Lindsay is finally dead +”.

Four minors have been indicted in this case for “school harassment leading to suicide”, as part of a judicial investigation, the Béthune prosecutor announced on May 25. A major person was indicted for “death threats”. All were placed under judicial control.

“I could not any more”

“If everyone had done their job to protect Lindsay, she would be alive today,” insisted the lawyer, after reading a letter written by the young girl several months before her suicide, communicated, he underlined, to the academy, to the college and to the police.

“If you’re reading this letter, it’s because I’ve surely left (…) I couldn’t stand the insults morning and evening, mockery, threats (…) despite everything that happened. will always want me badly”, had written the schoolgirl there.

“If we had been helped, if we had been supported, I’m sure my daughter would be among us,” said her mother, Betty. “I tried everything, I did everything, we were not helped, we were let go, completely, no support, neither before, nor during, nor after”, she castigated

The mother of Lindsay’s best friend, Maëlys, testified to ongoing harassment against her daughter: “We ask her why she wasn’t there for her girlfriend”, told her that she “would do better to join her.”

“I made several times appeal to the college, the CPE (senior education adviser) had nothing to do with it”, also accused the mother of Océane, another friend of Lindsay.

“Insufficient” protocol

Contacted by AFP, the rectorate of the Lille academy did not wish to comment.

He announced last week the opening of an administrative investigation, conceding that the school services could have “gone further in the follow-up” of the young girl.

The teenager, educated in 4th grade at Bracke-Desrousseau college, killed herself on May 12 in the evening at her home, according to the rectorate.

“The mother was received, Lindsay was received by the nurse, by the CPE, by the principal” after the report of the harassment, had pleaded on May 26 before the press Jean-Roger Ribaud, academic director in Pas-de -Calais.

“We triggered the protocol, this gave a disciplinary council” which “made it possible to exclude one of the main authors of what happened”, he added. “But unfortunately that turned out to be insufficient.”

A support unit has been in place since May 15 in the college and a white march was organized on May 24 in memory of the young girl.

“All my thoughts for Lindsay and her loved ones as despicable attacks continue on social networks,” National Education Minister Pap Ndiaye tweeted on Wednesday.

A school bullying prevention system, the pHARe program, tested since 2019 in elementary schools and colleges in six academies, should complete its generalization this year.

According to the ministry, 91% of colleges and 64% of schools are already enrolled in this program, in addition to other anti-harassment measures, such as 3020 emergency help numbers (for families and victims). , and 3018 (cyberbullying).

01/06/2023 14:40:21 – Vendin-le-Vieil (France) (AFP) – © 2023 AFP

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