The president of a motorcycle club suspected of having threatened the management of a school in Pas-de-Calais as part of an anti-bullying action will be tried on Monday in an immediate appearance in Béthune, the prosecutor's office said on Friday.
The dismissal comes as a strike has been called for Tuesday by the staff of the Auchel secondary school, to protest against these threats and the support given by the Ministry of Education to the offending motorcycle club. Placed in detention, the president of Black Shadow Noth WC, is being prosecuted for having gone on November 9 with several members of this club as well as his wife, near a college in Auchel (Pas-de-Calais), says the prosecutor's office.
They allegedly threatened the principal and his deputy to return "with dozens of motorcyclists and put him in a trunk to take him to Belgium because of their inaction" following a case of intentional violence between middle school students, the prosecutor's office added in a statement. Both dispute the facts and have filed a defamation complaint against the teaching staff, the prosecutor's office said. The club felt it was intervening to protect a schoolgirl who was affected by the violence, and who said she was being harassed.
"Several convictions, including for violence"
According to the prosecutor's office, the president of this club, whose record bears "traces of several convictions, particularly for violence", was placed in police custody "for threats of crimes or misdemeanours (...) against a public service officer'. He will be tried on Monday by the Béthune criminal court.
His wife was charged with "disseminating the recording of images relating to the commission of an offence" and was placed under judicial supervision and will appear in court at a later date. The Ministry of Education, when contacted, did not wish to react.
The staff questioned a letter signed by Gabriel Attal's chief of staff, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, which said it "thanked all the members of the Black Shadow North MC association for (their) action and (their) commitment".
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According to Nicolas Penin, departmental secretary of Unsa Education, the staff of the college is demanding an apology from the minister. Denouncing the actions of an organization "similar to a militia", the staff of the school complex wrote to Gabriel Attal, asking him to "never again" support "those who threaten to kill (his) field teams".
Rector Valérie Cabuil, who visited the site on Thursday, reiterated "her full support, as well as that of the ministry, to all staff", adding that "it cannot be accepted that these staff are threatened".