The teaching staff is standing firm. Half of the teachers at a high school in Libourne (Gironde) have been exercising their right to withdraw since Monday, after an anonymous, openly racist letter threatened to kill a teacher and students of "Arab" origin. The letter, found Monday at the school, refers to a teacher "by name." "The perpetrator threatens to slaughter him like a pig, as well as all the grumpy people in the school," Franck Dole, a CGT representative at the Jean Monnet comprehensive high school, said on Friday.
Since Monday, "classes have not been provided. The teachers, very shocked, are asking for the administrative closure of the school because they consider that the security conditions are not met," explains Charlotte Laizet, departmental co-secretary of the Snus-FSU Gironde. The school's management has filed a complaint and an investigation is underway. At the same time, the Rectorate announced the establishment of regular visits by the police in the vicinity of the school, a mobile security team in the school and a listening cell. These measures are considered "insufficient" by the unions.
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"We told the teachers: come on, it's okay, no mass hysteria, we did what we had to do, you can go back to work. But when teachers decide not to go back to class, it's never with a happy heart. When a teacher is alone in front of 35 kids and doesn't know if one of them is the source of the threats, it's terrifying," said the Snus-FSU representative. "Two colleagues were murdered," she adds, referring to Samuel Paty and Dominique Bernard. The threats against teachers are real. »
Classes are expected to resume on Monday
In addition to the safety of educational staff, "it is essentially that of the students themselves that is not ensured," said a statement from the school's teachers. "With such a call for murder on racist grounds ... And in the absence of swift action, (...) we fear the establishment of a very conflictual climate, which could lead to brawls and settling of scores, with tragic outcomes. »
Another point of tension is the lack of recognition of the right to withdraw over time, as the rectorate now considers teachers to be on strike. "It's terrible, we assert a right for security reasons, to have time to prepare for the return to class serenely, and we end up with salary deductions," laments trade unionist Franck Dole. Classes are expected to resume on Monday "but the tensions, which are rising on social networks between students, will not have disappeared all of a sudden," he fears.