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Teacher ‘forced pupil to put pen caps up his nose’

Another day, another French school teacher in hot water with authorities. This time it's a primary school teacher near Paris who punished a pupil by forcing him to stick pen caps up his nose. She then took a photo and threatened to sent it to his parents.

Teacher 'forced pupil to put pen caps up his nose'
"He needs to be punished from time to time, but that doesn't justifiy humiliation like this!" A teacher near Paris allegedly forced a pupil to put pen caps in his nostrils. Photo: Nrepose/Flickr

The victim, named only as Lucas, was sitting in his class full of nine-year-olds and playing with his pen on Monday afternoon, when his teacher grabbed him by the hand and brought him into a neighbouring classroom, according to French daily Le Parisien.

Sitting Lucas down in front of a group of kids he didn’t know, the teacher allegedly forced him to put pen caps inside both nostrils, an order he reluctantly carried out.

The teacher then reportedly took a snapshot of the boy’s punishment, and threatened to send it to his parents.

Returning home from school in tears, the boy revealed the whole story to his shocked parents, who later confronted the teacher in question.

“I managed to meet with the teacher, to clear up the story, and she confirmed everything Lucas had told us,” his mother told Le Parisien.

“She never once said that she regretted her actions,” she added.

SEE ALSO: The Local’s gallery of the ten most outrageous French teacher scandals in recent months.

It seems, however, that Monday’s shocking punishment is not the first time the teacher has had a run-in with the young pupil, whose parents describe him as “a bit of a rebel.”

The educator has also allegedly taken to calling Lucas ‘Barbie’ in front of his peers, and writing that name on his tests, where he sometimes forgets to fill in his own.

His parents have expressed a reluctance to make things worse by filing a complaint against the teacher, about whom other parents have previously expressed concerns, but local educational authorities have been informed of Monday’s incident and the teacher could soon face punishment of her own.

For his part, Marolles mayor Alain Josse told Le Parisien the teacher’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable,” and that she had “harmed the child, and caused great harm to France’s entire education system.”

The incident comes in the same week another French teacher went before a court in northern France charged with trying to extort €10,000 from the parents of a pupil who had thrown a scrunched up ball of paper at his head.

Monday’s incident is not the first instance of outrageous behaviour by a teacher in France in recent months.

Earlier this month The Local reported that a maths teacher near Paris had allegedly shown a class of 11-year-olds the notoriously ultraviolent horror film ‘Saw.’

And in February, a teacher in northern France was fined and given a two-year ban from teaching, after he was found to have slapped three young pupils while drunk.

Back in January, a substitute pre-school teacher in southern France was accused of tying a three-year-old boy to a chair as punishment, while he cried and asked her to stop.

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France to make period products free for students

The French government said on Tuesday it would make period products free for students, joining a global drive to end "period poverty" - the inability to pay for menstrual protection.

France to make period products free for students
Last year, Scotland became the first country in the world to offer free universal access to period products. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP

Higher Education Minister Frederique Vidal said that machines containing free tampons, sanitary towels and other period products would be installed in student residences and university health services in the coming weeks.

She added that the government aimed to make period protection “completely free of charge” for all by the start of the next academic year in September.

In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free for all, blazing a trail that inspired feminists and anti-poverty campaigners around the world to also take up the issue of period poverty.

In England, free period products are available in all primary and secondary schools – a move New Zealand said last week it too would implement.

In December, President Emmanuel Macron had promised to also address the issue of period poverty.

Commenting on the plight of homeless women, he noted that “the fact of having your period in the street and to not be able to buy something to protect yourself and preserve your dignity” added to the humiliation they suffered.

The move to make sanitary protection free for students comes amid a growing focus on youth poverty following shock images of food banks being swamped by hard-up students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many students say they are struggling to make ends meet after losing part-time jobs in cafes and restaurants which have been closed for months due to the health crisis.

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