Pap Ndiaye had recognized Thursday that “the death of Lindsay, his suicide” was “a collective failure”, “a tragedy for his loved ones, for National Education and for the country, as for the suicide of any young person” . He had also assured to follow “personally” the file of the suicide of the young girl. Asked about BFMTV that day, the minister replied that he had not, until then, been able to get in touch with the family of the teenager. It will be done this Monday, since he will receive the family of Lindsay rue de Grenelle in Paris.
“We are waiting for the minister to show us that he is well aware of the degree of gravity of this human tragedy and beyond, of the scourge of school harassment which plagues all the colleges in France”, reacted Me Pierre Debuisson, Lindsay’s family attorney. He hopes that this will not be a “facade posture”. “We would like it to be accompanied by concrete, pragmatic measures intended to curb this phenomenon,” he said.
“The state must not continue to remain powerless and turn a blind eye”, “the denial of the scale of this disaster must end”, he added, specifying that the family would speak to the outcome of the meeting.
Four complaints filed
Three complaints have been filed against the management of the college, the Lille academy and the police officers in charge of the investigation for “non-assistance to anyone in danger”, detailed Thursday Me Debuisson during a press conference in Vendin- le-Vieil (Pas-de-Calais), where the schoolgirl was educated. A fourth targets the social network Facebook “completely failing” in terms of content moderation and the fight against “hate speech”, according to the lawyer, denouncing the continued harassment against Lindsay, in particular on Instagram.
“With other ministries, we are going to consult and act extremely firmly with regard to social networks because beyond what they can say, we know that their reaction is too slow and certainly not up to what that we expect from them, ”insisted the minister on Thursday.
In an interview with Télégramme, the Minister insisted on the generalization of the pHARe system to fight against this scourge: “Thanks to the student ambassadors, the adult referents and the training of National Education staff, we can better detect and better take dealing with bullying situations. Awareness is very strong but we have to accelerate. »
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