Evaëlle's suicide: what does the professor suspected of moral harassment risk?

A teacher will be tried at the Pontoise criminal court.

Evaëlle's suicide: what does the professor suspected of moral harassment risk?

A teacher will be tried at the Pontoise criminal court. She is accused of harassing Evaëlle, an 11-year-old schoolgirl who committed suicide in 2019.

On June 21, 2019, young Evaëlle, 11 years old, hanged herself while she was at home in Herblay-sur-Seine, in Val-d'Oise. A French teacher was indicted for having harassed the student. She will be judged by the Pontoise criminal court for having “degraded the living conditions” of her student, indicates Le Point. The teacher allegedly “regularly humiliated” Evaëlle and isolated her. In addition, according to the order written by the judge, she would have organized class hours on school bullying during which she would have stigmatized the teenager. All of these behaviors had "the effect of a very significant deterioration in the living conditions of the young girl, who isolated herself more and more", it is written.

At 11 years old, Evaëlle had been harassed since she entered the Isabelle-Autissier college in Herblay, after having been bullied in primary school. Tensions arise with the French teacher regarding the implementation of a medical protocol due to back problems. Unable to carry heavy loads, she is allowed to take a binder for all her classes. The teacher considers this a whim and multiplies her thoughts on this subject in front of the students, details BFM TV. The two hours of class life to discuss Evaëlle's situation are particularly singled out. During these, the young girl must stand in the middle of the class to hear the criticisms made to her. Despite her tears, she is ordered by the teacher to answer the other students' questions.

After changing schools, Evaëlle seemed to be doing better and was receiving psychological support. A few months later, she committed suicide after encountering violent behavior at her new facility. Justice ruled out any causality between her death and the situation she experienced at her former college. The charge of manslaughter is not held against the teacher who is on trial for “moral harassment” towards Evaëlle and two other former students.

In its indictment, the prosecution noted that the accusations of harassment against the teacher against Evaëlle had been corroborated by “almost all of the 6th grade students”, underlines Le Monde. The prosecution accused the teacher of having "taken a dislike" to the young girl, which would have been the "trigger and catalyst" of behavior which spread to the students. According to the Penal Code, moral harassment can be punished by two years of imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros.

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