At least twenty-six bomb threats in two days. After the first waves before the All Saints’ Day holidays, threats and evacuations increased this week in Grenoble high schools. Tuesday, November 7, a 14-year-old teenager was arrested and taken into custody by the gendarmes after threatening calls made to his high school south of Grenoble, the Portes-de-l’Oisans establishment in Vizille (Isère) in in which 1,300 students are educated. But the authors of the other alerts remain unknown for the moment, according to a press release from the Grenoble public prosecutor’s office published Wednesday evening.
Spotted by his telephone line, “the minor admitted the facts (…) without explaining them”reveals a press release, adding that the teenager was the subject of“a provisional judicial educational measure including monitoring by an educator” until his appearance in children’s court on January 9.
Sixteen establishments on Wednesday and ten on Tuesday had to be evacuated after receiving threatening emails, some several times in the same day, the rectorate of the Grenoble academy communicated to Agence France-Presse.
“Fed up” for teachers
Unfounded bomb threats have increased since September throughout the country, but rarely with this intensity, which disrupts cles throughout the Grenoble metropolitan area.
“Among teachers there are both fed up with these messages which we know full well are bogus (…) and taking the threat seriously” with its share of concerns, observes François Lecointe, SNES-FSU general secretary in Grenoble.
The Isère prefecture does not communicate details in order to “not to encourage” the curious. In a press release released Wednesday jointly with the Grenoble public prosecutor’s office, she recalls that “all bomb calls are systematically investigated” and that the authors “majors or minors” will be prosecuted. They are “being identified”according to this press release.
Since October, “three salvos” threats have been observed, “essentially emails which for the most part have the same content”, without specifying their content. The SNES-FSU union evokes “typical emails” evoking the abaya or France’s support for Israel.
To minimize disruption, intervention procedures have been shortened, lasting a maximum of one hour and a half. “We evacuate, we keep the students nearby”instead of sending them home and “the removal of doubt is done all the more quickly” that the different actors have won “reactive” according to the reports, affirms the rectorate.
The World with AFP