While she was head of the rectorate of the academy of Versailles at the time when a threatening letter had been sent to the parents of Nicolas, who committed suicide after acts of school bullying, Charline Avenel apologized in an interview with the Parisian. The former rector explained that she was "not aware" of this controversial letter. Words that are not enough, according to the federation Parents of students of public education (PEEP). "I believe in her sincerity, nevertheless, she is responsible for this sending," said Sunday the spokesman of the federation, Laurent Zameczkowski to Franceinfo.
In a letter sent a few months before the suicide of the high school student, the rectorate had qualified as "unacceptable" the words of the parents which, according to him, "questioned" the attitude of the staff of the school. The letter also urged parents to adopt a "constructive and respectful attitude" towards them, reminding them of the criminal risks of slanderous denunciation. "This letter is a shame, a shame," later condemned the Minister of National Education, Gabriel Attal.
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Since then, Charline Avenel has presented "apologies to Nicolas' parents" on his behalf and on behalf of the institution she headed at the time of the facts, describing this letter as "inadmissible". "I was shocked to learn of the death of this student. When I discovered a week ago, in the press, the existence of this letter, I was devastated, "she said in this interview given to the Parisian.
"This dysfunction highlights flaws in the procedure and raises the question of the human relationship with users," she acknowledged. In the interview, she explains that she did not know either that a letter of the same ilk had also been sent to a family who reported a sexual assault at the beginning of the year on their daughter by an extracurricular animator in Andrésy (Yvelines).
"You can't send anything and everything to parents"
This Sunday, Laurent Zameczkowski pointed to an "uncontrolled process" and castigated the fact that "it was human resources" who sent these letters. "These are people who address the staff of the National Education who answer to parents, it does not make sense," said the spokesman of one of the federations of parents of students. For him, Charline Avenel remains "responsible for this process". "If human resources have the ability to write to parents, it is because it validated it at some point," he continued, adding that "you can't send everything and anything to parents."
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In passing, this representative of the parents of students condemned the administration, seeing it as a "cold and insensitive machine". He added, "even artificial intelligences are capable of better." The Minister of Education, Gabriel Attal announced the launch of an audit on the management of harassment cases from September 2022 to September 2023 in each academy. He "will go on Monday morning to the rectorate of Versailles to take stock with the new rector", appointed mid-July, announced the rue de Grenelle.