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#Nantes: How prinicpals are threatening struggling high school students

French territory. In Nantes as everywhere in France, high school students are mobilized against the “new Bac” E3C. An absurd project, badly prepared, and putting high schools in competition with each other.

Originally published by Nantes Révoltée. Translated by Enough 14.

Letters of intimidation sent to families

In Nantes as everywhere in France, high school students are mobilized against the “new Bac” E3C. An absurd project, badly prepared, and putting high schools in competition with each other. Hundreds of initiatives take place to prevent or postpone the tests. In Nantes, the police intervened violently against several blockades. But the repression is not only police. Here are some letters sent by principals to the families of young people who have been mobilized:

  • On the left (Image above), the threatening mail sent to the parents of students at the Jean Perrin high school in Nantes. The administration evokes “fires” to justify repression and create an anxiety-provoking climate, before “thanking” the parents for their “collaboration”. A misleading strategy, which qualifies the mobilization as “endangering others”, to create an anxiety-provoking climate. Here is the reaction of the students to these accusations: “The principal wrongly accused us of having set fire to 2 places in the high school, which is absolutely false, these are 2 places that we did not visit during the action and setting fire was something we did not believe in. […] She took the opportunity to undermine our credibility with our parents, which is unacceptable. […] The management was aware of 2 possible fires in the school and no alarm was sounded, no teacher was informed and above all no student was evacuated or even put in safety, she did not do her job when she decided to keep this information to herself and put the students of her school in danger! “. Several of them have been disciplined, expelled or given zeros for their involvement in the protest.
  • On the right (image above), the letter sent to families from the Livet high school in downtown Nantes. The headmaster denounces “social movements that affect the functioning of the school”. The denounced crime? The “displacement of rubbish containers”, described as “unbearable” by the headmaster! In all their contempt, the administration qualifies the demands of the students as “rather vague” and “misunderstood”, and threatens the young people with “disciplinary sanctions” but also “judicial” measures. As if the headmaster had any capacity as a judge or prosecutor on what happens outside his or her high school. Here again, the principal concludes his threatening letter by asking parents to force their child to return into line.

Will threatened high school students be isolated? What are the teachers doing? Will these low-level bullying tactics against struggling young people be enough to kill the anger that is spreading everywhere? Nothing is less sure!


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