The attack took place in front of the Collège Voltaire as a number of the school’s 350 students watched. She was punched and kicked repeatedly by a 15-year old boy, the brother of a fellow pupil. The girl fell and hit her head during the attack and was taken to a Montpellier hospital by helicopter. She died from her injuries later in the afternoon.
The attacker, who turned himself into police yesterday afternoon, is the older brother of another girl at the school. According to Midi-Libre, the two girls had been involved in a long-running dispute over a boy.
The sister of the attacker had not been to school for a month as she was frightened of the other girl, according to the newspaper. After finally telling her mother the full story, she went to the police on Monday morning to make a complaint. Her brother seemingly decided to take matters into his own hands by going to the school yesterday lunchtime to confront the girl.
The education minister, Luc Chatel, told BFM-TV on Monday that “this was a terrible event” and that “the education community is in mourning this evening. This is a school that does not have any particular problems.” The minister will visit the town today.