Nadir Bekaddour, a 19-year-old student of Algerian origin, died Tuesday of a heart attack while taking a baccalaureate exam at the Gaston-Berger institute in Lille, northern France. The authorities are investigating whether the teachers acted correctly after the testimonies of various classmates.
The young man was taking the Economics specialty test when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and fell from his chair, according to local media reports. The emergency services moved to the classroom to later take him to a nearby hospital where he would end up dying just a few hours later.
A great commotion has been created in the municipality after several students have criticized the reaction of the teachers, as reported by the local media La Voix Du Nord. According to one of the testimonies echoed, the students were the first to react despite the fact that "there were eight adults in the room."
"An adult kept walking through the lines to sign the attendance sheet, while he (the victim) was still on the ground. He was no longer speaking and was starting to turn blue. A student got up. We said we had to call the emergency services. What shocked us was that they left him alone on the ground for a while," the same media reported, citing two witnesses.
Pap Ndiaye, French Minister of Education, has already announced on his social networks the opening of an investigation to clarify "the conditions of attention" and end the controversy.
"Following the death of a student at the Gaston-Berger high school in Lille, I have referred the matter to the General Inspectorate to carry out an administrative investigation to clarify the conditions in which the student was cared for before the arrival of the emergency services ", the minister wrote. "The results are expected within a month," he added.
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