This third-year internship had barely begun when it already turned into a tragedy. A 14-year-old girl in the third grade at the Maxime Alexandre secondary school in Lingolsheim died after a violent allergic reaction during her job shadowing internship, the rectorate said on Thursday. The young girl was doing her internship in a bakery in the town located in the Bas-Rhin region.
According to the daily Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, she succumbed to "anaphylactic shock", a sudden allergic reaction. A product commonly used in the mouth trade is believed to be the cause of death, according to the Alsatian newspaper.
A listening unit in middle school
"The very next day, a listening unit was set up at the school to provide all the necessary support to students and staff. It will be maintained as long as necessary," the rectorate told AFP. A judicial investigation has been opened to determine the cause of death, which occurred at midday on Monday. An autopsy must also be performed.
According to France Bleu, the disaster occurred during the lunch break. The victim's parents and the owners of the bakery were heard as witnesses.