Kids to be punished for French nursery ransack

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Kids to be punished for French nursery ransack
Speaking after the incident, officials in troubled Melun described the scene as an "apocalyptic landscape". File photo: Ella Novak

Ten children - some under the age of ten - have been found to be behind a ransacking of a French kindergarten, where they caused €30,000 of damage.


A gang of children have been caught for vandalizing a nursery in the suburbs of Paris earlier this month.

The children had smashed their way into the Mézereaux Kindergarten in Melun with a fire extinguisher before ransacking the facility.

During the rampage, the group overturned furniture, splashed the floor and walls with paint, and emptied shelves, as The Local reported at the time.

Speaking after the incident, officials in troubled Melun described the scene as an "apocalyptic landscape".

"When the door was opened, we saw pots, paints, pencils, books, all thrown to the ground," mayoral deputy Ségolène Durand told France's BFMTV at the time.

Officials concluded this week that ten children in total were responsible for the rampage, reported Europe 1 radio.

An investigator said that the children "had clear intentions of causing damage".

Three of the vandals were under the age of ten, and won't see any consequences for their actions. The other seven, however, are set to undergo educational programmes in the hope of preventing further attacks.

The aim is to get the children to understand the gravity of their actions, a source told the channel, and if they fail then they could face juvenile court. 

The bill for fixing the damage came to €30,000, Europe 1 reported, expenses that are covered by the parents' insurance. 

Meanwhile one former teacher at the school said he was "not surprised, unfortunately", by the weekend's events, given the volatile nature of the neighbourhood where the nursery is located.  




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