EDUCATION: Schools, colleges and high schools in unison to defeat bullying!


Last Thursday, November 9, as part of the national day against bullying at school, all schools in Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin mobilized to show their desire to fight against this scourge.

This day was an opportunity to highlight the production of information materials addressed to the educational community and to offer discussion workshops and conference debates.

“We are convinced that it is together, students, staff, parents and associative and institutional partners, that we will improve the schooling conditions of our students in order to achieve greater success,” underlines Harry Christophe, vice-rector, head of the national education service of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin, before adding “we would like to encourage the entire educational community to continue the dynamic on this high-stakes subject”.

In Saint-Martin as elsewhere, harassment is a form of violence that can have serious and multiple consequences on the victims. Preventing and combating bullying at school is a priority to combat this real scourge.

What the law says ?

Image rights

Fraternity presupposes a quality of interpersonal relations guaranteed by the laws of the Republic. Everyone has the right to have their image respected. In the context of respect for private life, each individual has an exclusive right to their image and the use made of it. If the distribution of an image violates privacy, a complaint can be filed against the author of this distribution.

Offense of harassment

The laws of the Republic explicitly prohibit harassment. The law of March 2, 2022 aimed at combating school bullying provides for the creation of a new offense of school bullying.  Specific penalties taking into account the number of ITTs are provided for: up to ten years' imprisonment in the event of suicide or attempted suicide by the victim, plus a fine of up to 150 euros. In addition, the law provides that “public and private educational and higher education establishments as well as the network of university works take appropriate measures aimed at combating harassment in the school and university context”.

Revenge porn or pornographic revenge

The law also punishes non-consensual sexting, in particular revenge porn, that is to say pornographic revenge, through the dissemination of intimate photographs. Since the law of October 7, 2016, documents or recordings of a sexual nature obtained with the consent of the interested party require their prior agreement before their distribution. Failing this, the law qualifies the practice as a crime. The penalties provided for are two years' imprisonment and a fine of 60 euros. _AF

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