By Paul Halbedel
The case dates back to this summer but was not made public until September 2022. During school holidays, theschool in the town of Cessales was the target of a Act of vandalism.
Facts of which the majority of parents with pupils educated within the Intermunicipal educational grouping bringing together the municipalities of Varennes, Cessales, Mauremont and Trébons-sur-la-Grasse became aware on Tuesday, September 20 through a letter.
Spilled household products and insults
In this letter, the mayor of Cessales, Emmanuel Apuliagives some details on these malicious acts identified within the school:
Young fanatics entered the refectory and the classroom where they spread household products on the floors. They also took the opportunity to write insults on the boards, relating to the teacher and the town hall employee.
For the elected official, whom we contacted, there is no doubt that these acts were committed by fairly young individuals. “It looks like little child revenge. When it comes to putting bedbugs on mistress chair or at knock over her flowerpotI dare to hope that it is not the work of parents or adults,” he comments.
No big mess but lots of cleaning
If the mayor indicates that the financial damage to the community remains limitedhe condemns this act of which he seems to have trouble understanding the objective:
If they wanted to do more damage or steal, they could because there was equipment and computers. But there, they just dumped two or three cans. It was still necessary to buy these products and especially to pass several times to be able to clean everything well. There was also a door to fix since they broke in.
“It is the work tool of the pupils which has been degraded”
Emmanuel Pouilles is therefore annoyed by these acts which he judges at the same time “unacceptable” and “inexcusable”considering moreover that they penalize in the first place the pupils.
It is deplorable, because it is the work tool of the pupils which has been degraded. The municipality is doing its best to help the students by school means but also outings and we would greatly prefer to continue to invest in this way rather than in the repairs caused by these behaviors.
Two complaints filed
While specifying that he is confronted for the first time with this type of facts in the village, Emmanuel Pouilles indicates that the town hall has decided to file a complaint. “The Villefranche-de-Lauragais gendarmerie recovered photos and small messages left by the culprits. The teacher targeted by the insults also filed a complaint.underlines the chosen one.
It should be noted that the disorder caused by these summer acts did not, however, have any impact on the start of the school year. Everything had been cleaned by the time they returned to class. “We didn’t notice it right away because the school is closed during the summer. It was a couple of weeks before the start of the school year, when we started going around the premises to prepare everything, that we discovered all that and that we had to clean up, ”says the mayor.
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