School Bullying Set to Be a Criminal Offence in France Punishable by up to 10 Years in Prison

Date: 06-12-2021 7:03 pm (1 month ago) | Author: kacy lee
- at 6-12-2021 07:03 PM (1 month ago)

The French parliament voted in the new legislation after several tragic cases of bullying made the headlines in recent years.⁣

The new law, backed by the majority of President Emmanuel Macron's ruling coalition, applies to children and adults in schools and universities. It carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of up to €45,000 (£38,300). ⁣

If the victim kills themself the sentence could rise to ten years with a fine of up to €150,000.⁣
Bullying is believed to affect 700,000 French school children every year. ⁣

In October, a 14-year-old girl from the Alsace region killed herself after she was harassed after telling classmates that she was gay. In December 2020 a trans teenager identified only as Fouad died by suicide after alledgedly being “humiliated” by school staff who told her that her decision to wear a skirt was upsetting other students. ⁣

The school faced a backlash from students after it misgendered the 17-year-old in a statement about her death.⁣

The nature of bullying has changed, with perpetrators using mobile phones and social networks to humiliate their victims outside school hours as well as during school.⁣

Erwan Balanant, the Brittany MP from the centrist MoDem (Democratic Movement) party, who drafted the legislation, said it was designed to send a "shock wave" through society about the importance of tackling bullying.⁣

“It’s not about sending children to prison”, he said. “There is a justice system for minors that takes into consideration the accused’s age and powers of discernment.” But laws can set “the value system of a society” he said.⁣

Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer who backed the legislation said it was “a way of enforcing the values of the republic”.⁣

“We will never accept the lives of our children being shattered", he said⁣

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- spekay at 7-12-2021 12:06 AM (1 month ago)
Developing countries of the World such as Nigeria coukd follow suit if they really want to get rid of bulkying not only in schools but also  on the streets as well  especialk documented  bullyiing by  government officials in uniform ..

If the school students can be made to know that  their own freedom ends  where other peoples freedom beginns

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