About thirty teachers gathered this Thursday morning in front of the Kléber middle school in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin), where a French teacher was threatened with death by a student. The professor filed a complaint on Tuesday, according to AFP. For the time being, neither the Strasbourg public prosecutor's office nor the rectorate have responded to our requests.
Several teachers at the Kléber secondary school in Strasbourg were on strike on Thursday, November 30 after a French teacher received death threats from a student pic.twitter.com/aTpRYDVoZF
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"One of our colleagues received death threats on Tuesday lunchtime from a third-grader whose mobile phone he had confiscated. The student told him: 'I'm bringing friends back to the exit, I'm killing you,'" Gilles Comte, a history and geography teacher, told AFP at the rally in front of the Kléber middle school "to show our solidarity." According to him, there were 37 strikers out of 38 teachers in class on Thursday. The establishment was also closed due to the strike.
Already an assault and firecracker explosions since the start of the school year
"This is the straw that breaks the camel's back, there are a lot of incidents," the history-geography teacher continued, adding that since the start of the school year a "colleague has been assaulted by a former student who had entered the school with two other students," and that there have also been "three explosions of firecrackers inside the school."
"There is no communication, no support from management, we feel abandoned," Comte said. He said his colleague targeted by the death threats is a teacher who is "very involved" and who was "very touched" by the incident. He filed a complaint on Tuesday afternoon and has been on sick leave ever since. A precautionary measure has been taken against the student who made the threats, who was expelled from the school until his appearance before the disciplinary council on 19 December.
"We can't do our job well anymore," said Charlotte Serisier, a French teacher, citing the "insults that come up very regularly," "the systematic tardiness of students," and the "triggering of fire alarms" that has become "the fashionable game since the start of the school year."
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With some 700 students, Collège Kléber is a "big school, with a social mix that has increased, which is good. We welcome students who come from REP+ but we don't have the appropriate means," she described, holding a sign asking for "resources to support all our students". The school also hosts a high school and preparatory classes. Jean-Pierre Gavrilovic, head of the Snalc Alsace trade union, said he had been received by the head of the school on 23 November "following the sharp deterioration in working conditions reported by colleagues" but that she had "kicked the can down the road".