William Molinié, edited by Gauthier Delomez / Photo credits: Aline Morcillo / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP 06:26, September 22, 2023False bomb threats have multiplied since the beginning of the week in colleges and high schools, mainly in the Rouen and Paris regions. About twenty facts of this type have been identified by the police since Monday, each time with different modus operandi.
Schools are facing an avalanche of false bomb threats. These have multiplied since the beginning of the week in colleges and high schools, mainly in the Rouen and Paris regions. About twenty incidents of this type have been identified by the police, with different modus operandi.
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Sometimes it is a malicious call directly to the reception of the establishment. In another high school this week, it was an email that was sent to the principal's mailbox.
Doubts that monopolize the police
The threats recorded since Monday are diverse: a bomb placed in the toilets, a mass killing with Kalashnikov, even suicide drones. This is what happened this Wednesday at the Paul-Éluard high school in Saint-Denis. Around 9 a.m., the deputy principal received an email with this message: "We are going to send explosive drones today." An hour later, police went to the roof of the school, but nothing suspicious was reported.
The removal of doubt monopolizes the police and gendarmerie services. Students and school staff are evacuated or confined to the playground, which means losing half a day of lessons.
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Systematically, an investigation is opened. The police are trying to trace the origin of these threatening messages, and in recent days, several young people have been arrested in Saint-Denis and Seine-Maritime. So far, there is no evidence to indicate that this succession of false alarms in schools is coordinated or driven by one or more individuals.