An investigation has been opened after the complaint filed by the principal of a middle school in Bastia (Haute-Corse) to denounce the "death threats" made against a teacher by parents of students, we learned from the prosecutor, the rectorate and the educational community of the school.
"A complaint has been filed by the principal of a public secondary school following threats against one of his teachers during a parent-teacher meeting," Bastia's acting public prosecutor, François Thévenot, told AFP, adding that an investigation has been opened and entrusted to the Bastia branch of departmental security.
On Tuesday, "as part of a parent-teacher meeting," "a teacher was threatened with death by parents of students," said a statement signed by the "educational community of Collège Giraud." "The mother of the family was threatening on several occasions, as well as the father of the student concerned," and this "in front of witnesses," the statement said, adding that "there was first a question of slitting the throat and then violence outside the school."
"The teaching team feels unsafe"
"In a national context of murder against teachers, all staff strongly condemn these death threats and fully express their solidarity with the colleague who was attacked," the statement said. "Faced with these threats, the teaching team feels in danger" and asks that "firm and definitive measures be taken to restore a serene climate".
The rector of Corsica, Jean-Philippe Agresti, "condemns with the utmost firmness all forms of threat and violence against staff" and gives his "support to the teams of the college and especially to the teacher threatened", he said on X (ex-Twitter). Functional protection has been granted to the teacher concerned, the rectorate told AFP, specifying that this would be the first case in the Corsican academy.
On October 13, Dominique Bernard, a French teacher in a high school in Arras (Pas-de-Calais), was stabbed to death by a former student from the Russian Caucasus who grew up in France, registered for Islamist radicalization.
Two years earlier, on October 16, 2020, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography teacher, was stabbed and then beheaded near his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by a Russian refugee of Chechen origin.