Five minors were indicted on Thursday, November 16, for having made a false bomb threat on Monday in the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges high school (Val-de-Marne), announced the Créteil prosecutor’s office.
Aged 14 to 17, from Villeneuve-Saint-George and Sucy-en-Brie, they were indicted for “facts of disclosure of false information in order to make people believe in dangerous destruction”specifies the public prosecutor in a press release.
False alarms are ringing out across the country: 996 since September, including 788 in schools, ured the Secretary of State in charge of youth and universal national service, Prisca Thevenot, on Wednesday. The criminal sanction can be up to 2 years of imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros.
Dozens of schools targeted on Monday
Three of those indicted were arrested near the François-Arago high school on Monday. On the phone of one of them, the police found “exchanges via Snapchat messaging with an individual suggesting that they were monetizing false bomb threats (5 to 10 euros)”explains the prosecution.
Two other teenagers were then arrested and charged. None of the five young people had been convicted in the past.
“The prefect of Val-de-Marne will become a civil party in order to hold the parents financially liable”ured the prosecution.
On Monday, dozens of schools in cities such as Nice, Arras, Lyon and Montpellier were targeted by bomb threats.
The World with AFP