parents rejected by justice


“Really traumatized”, no longer being able to “watch TV alone” and even “in a state of traumatic stress”. The lawyer for the parents of a schoolgirl drew up a worrying state of health, linked to the viewing of a horror film in April 2019, in her French class, while she was in fourth grade, in a college in the Rhône.

All at the hearing of November 4, at the administrative court of Lyon, after its legal representatives filed a request to condemn the State and demanded compensation of more than 11,000 euros in compensation for the trauma. The request was rejected, according to the deliberations made public on Monday.

Killer cassette

The American feature film The Circle (Rings), which tells the cursed tale of a tape killing anyone who watched it, was only banned for under 12s. It was broadcast to students all over 13 years of age; the complainants’ daughter herself 13 and a half years old.

The screening was “carried out within the framework of programs providing for the study of the theme of the fantastic, and was accompanied by analysis and reflection on this theme as well as on this work”, points out the administrative court. He recognizes, in the same press release, “that certain scenes of the film can be impressive” but that the “educational work [visait à faire] take the necessary distance ”to the students.

” Psychological problems “

The teenager “suffered from psychological problems before viewing the film, and had already been the victim of strong anxieties and had suffered from school phobia during her schooling in the 1is degree ”, had indicated the rector in a thesis in defense. But she had not mentioned her sensitivity before the viewing and her parents would have mentioned her troubles only after the main one, according to the judgment. No other young person would have “manifested a particular emotional state or been shocked as a result” of the broadcast.

However, the public rapporteur had declared at the hearing of November 4 not “to share the educational bias” of the teacher. Without acknowledging any fault, an official of National Education had expressed “her empathy” to the parents of the schoolgirl, after the screening.


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