We learn today that a colleague’s professor has aroused indignation, by showing a horror movie to his students, which resulted in “traumatizing” one of them.
A heavy trauma
The facts, reported by our colleagues from Parisian, date back to April 1, 2019. A French teacher gives a lesson to a 4th class on the fantastic genre, and decides to “illustrate” his point by showing them a horror film : Ring by Hideo Nakata, released in 1998. Inspired by an urban legend, the film recounts the investigation around a strange video-cassette, which would cause the death of those who watched it.
Very popular among fans of Japanese horror cinema, Hideo Nakata’s film was nevertheless very moderately appreciated by one of the students in the French teacher’s class … Indeed, 13-year-old girl reportedly deeply traumatized by the film. According to a medical certificate, she was in “post-traumatic stress disorder“, and benefited frommedical and psychological follow-up, as well as hypnosis sessions.
According to the lawyer for the parents, who decided to file a complaint against the state, the young pupil “then could not watch TV alone“, and is “remained locked up alone at home“, which results in a deep social estrangement and a very difficult end of colleague. The lawyer also mentions recurring panic attacks.
Estimating the moral prejudice suffered by the student at 11,342 euros, the parents’ lawyer questions the choice of the teacher to offer his students a horror film not recommended for under 16s (for a ban at least 12 years old when it was released in theaters). Furthermore, the lawyer highlights the fact that Ring is a horror movie, not a fantasy movie. We recall that if the fantastic genre can involve an imaginary arousing fear in the reader or the spectator (without this being systematic), it always remains a way out, since there is still a doubt as to the veracity of what has been told to us.
An argument which, it seems, has left the public rapporteur somewhat insensitive. If he acknowledges that he does not share the teacher’s “pedagogical bias”, he argued that the aim of the teacher (the production of a writing inviting his pupils to study “the construction of fear in a movie“and to take a step back) was in line with the educational imperatives related to the study of the fantastic genre. The court’s decision should be handed down in a fortnight; but our colleagues from Parisian assume that justice will go to the side of the public rapporteur, given the fact that she often follows his judgment. To be continued !
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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