School bullying: government measures for a “relentless fight”

The time has come for “general mobilization” against school bullying

School bullying: government measures for a “relentless fight”

The time has come for “general mobilization” against school bullying. Élisabeth Borne presented the government's plan against school bullying on Wednesday September 27, detailing a certain number of measures to wage "a relentless fight", ranging from the systematic reporting of cases to the courts to the desire to "exclude student bullies". social networks. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Education Gabriel Attal as well as the Minister of Justice for this press conference.

After a series of dramatic cases and as many controversies over the management by National Education of what Élisabeth Borne describes as a "massive phenomenon", the head of government unveiled an interministerial plan "against harassment at school and in all places where the child lives”, a subject which she has made an “absolute priority” for the start of the school year. “You are not alone,” she said to the harassed students.

Welcoming “the liberation of speech”, the Minister of National Education Gabriel Attal reported a recent “tsunami of testimonies”. “In this month of September, three times more reports were made than in September 2022,” he underlined.

Among the series of measures prepared, the government has decided to make 3018, the emergency help number currently dedicated to cyberharassment, the single reporting number, accompanied by an application, compared to two numbers currently (3020 for families and victims, and 3018 specifically on cyberbullying).

This plan also provides for the training of all stakeholders in the educational community by the end of the five-year term in the fight against harassment. More generally, all adults working with minors, for example in sports or at summer camps, should benefit from training on this subject. The government also wants to “develop the confiscation of telephones, and make it possible to exclude student harassers from social networks”.

Before the press conference, the Prime Minister heard several testimonies from students who were harassed or involved in associations fighting against harassment. “These are obviously not easy stories to tell. Talking about it is very important and also committing yourself to others is also a very good way to rebuild yourself,” concluded Élisabeth Borne at the end of this meeting.