Two educators were attacked on Wednesday by five young people for whom they were responsible in a reinforced educational center (CER) in La Valla-en-Gier (Loire) for refusing them a cigarette break, corroborating sources indicated.
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The firefighters took care of a 40-year-old man who had been repeatedly beaten, evacuated in relative urgency, and a 34-year-old man, who was in a state of shock,
" according to the firefighters.
The two educators were transported to the Saint-Chamond hospital center.
We were alerted around 8:50 pm by an educator.
Young people from the CER attacked two of them, one of whom was hit with an iron bar and fell unconscious to the ground,
”said the gendarmerie.
About twenty soldiers were quickly dispatched to the scene to secure the scene and allow the intervention of emergency services and assistance to victims.
One of the minors was immediately arrested while the other four were found or surrendered to the gendarmes in the evening.
All were taken into custody.
The young people, two girls and three boys, aged between 15 and 16, had just started a five-month session in the structure inaugurated in 2018.
According to the gendarmerie, the adolescents would have run away for the first time this Wednesday afternoon during a hike.
On their return to the center located in an old farm in the Pilat massif, an educator decided to deprive them of their cigarette break in order to punish them.
It was from there that things took a turn for the worse.
A vehicle belonging to the structure was set on fire and two other damaged.
The fire threatened an adjoining technical room for a while before being extinguished by the firefighters.
Damage was committed on the ground floor of the center, with broken windows and damaged furniture
," said the gendarmerie.
Jean-Claude Flachat, the UDI mayor of La Valla-en-Gier, a town of some 1000 inhabitants, went there in the evening and expressed his incomprehension.
This is the first time that such serious events have occurred in this center.
These young people, whom society is trying to put back on the right path, have everything to be well in a remarkable setting