By Ludivine Corporal
NEWS INFO LYON. It is a more than special return to school that the masters 1 of the private school Idrac Business School experienced, on the HEP campus in Gorge de Loup (Lyon 9th).
During their integration day, Thursday September 15, 2022, the establishment saw fit to make them believe in a terrorist attack, in fairly real conditions. A staging in bad taste that shocked.
A few days before, already, the school had warned the new students via an email that they “would not be reachable” during this day which was to be “unforgettable”. And indeed, on their arrival, they were all ordered to leave their mobile phones at the entrance to the amphitheater. One of the students present tells us.
The director in the shot
“Around 10 a.m., the director of Idrac came to speak and introduce herself. After a few minutes, the executive assistant intervened and asked to speak to her urgently. »
The director returns to the room with “a closed face”. Then asks his students to keep calm. “She told us that there was something very important happening around the school, that we were on alert, that we all had to stay seated. We started to stress, ”reports the student. “She even asked if there were people with heart problems, repeating to us that it was not a joke. »
The overhead projector screen turns on. A false alarm BFM is broadcast, with images of the school entrance announcing an “intrusion by armed persons” and a “possible terrorist attack which is not yet claimed”. “It was a bit big, I thought it was wrong but I still had doubts. »
“My heart is pounding”
The doors of the amphitheater are forced open. Two hooded people enter the room with fake weapons and tasers.
They yelled to put us under the tables, which we did. They told us to keep our mouths shut, they insulted us and threatened those who hadn’t bowed down yet. My heart pounded. A lot of things went through my head.
According to the student, another student would have also had a big blow of stress. “They then took the director by the collar, they put her on her knees with her hands behind her head. Then they told us that we would now form groups. That’s when we really understood that they were talking about the groups for the integration day and that everything was a joke. »
In complete incomprehension and indignation, the student wonders: “Can you imagine if there had been someone who had already experienced an attack in the room? There was nothing funny. It is not a subject with which one wants to laugh, nobody wants to live that. It was extremely embarrassing. »
An exercise “under control”, according to the school
Contacted by Lyon news, the director of Idrac Lyon ensures that “all measures have been taken to ensure that the exercise is under control” and that “all the young people have completed a health questionnaire and those who presented a risk have been received and informed about the simulation. »
The editorial staff was able to consult this questionnaire, in which there is no question on a history of traumatic episodes, to ensure that the young people have not been affected, directly or indirectly, by this same type of event. .
As for the choice to make believe in an attack, the director did not comment and simply refers to the service provider company which organized the exercise and which “often intervenes in schools”. She adds all the same that the scene lasted “only five minutes” and that the hooded people “were only two and not fifty”…
“We knew it was staged”
Another student, whose contact details were given to us by the school, was interviewed by Lyon news. He did not experience things the same way.
He claims to have understood that “it was a staging”. “We knew they wanted to hustle us so that we surpassed ourselves a little. Having experienced other integration days, we were really on to something that was changing. It was well done, so it could have been destabilizing, but that was the goal, ”he concludes.
For its part, the school, which submitted a satisfaction questionnaire, affirms that following this day, “97% of the students who responded were satisfied”. 30 responses have been received so far.
“Hostage taking, attacks, it happens to business leaders”
Also contacted by Lyon news, the service provider responsible for organizing the event explains its approach. “Our goal is to train future managers by putting them in difficult situations, so that they have the keys to respond to a threat when it occurs,” says Jean-Charles Ogier of the EO200 company.
“This type of event, hostage taking, attacks, it happens to business leaders. It’s something that is real and we are there to give them answers, ”he justifies, specifying that the scenario was chosen jointly with the school.
The rest of the day was punctuated by sporting challenges and other scenarios, much less brutal.
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