150 students face expulsion from school
18 November 2004 , BRUSSELS – A secondary school in Brussels has been debating whether to make an unprecedented move and expel 150 pupils, it was reported on Thursday.
18 November 2004
BRUSSELS – A secondary school in Brussels has been debating whether to make an unprecedented move and expel 150 pupils, it was reported on Thursday.
The drastic decision came after a fire on Wednesday morning was deliberately started in the gym at Madeleine Jacquemotte school in Ixelles .
Little damage was done, but the pupils had to be evacuated and head teacher Freddy Lambremont said the arson could have jeopardised the future of the whole school.
That afternoon, he met with staff to discuss whether 150 pupils, who have regularly been absent, should be thrown out.
In keeping with legal guidelines, the pupils and parents concerned were summoned to the school to give their reasons for not attending classes and 50, who failed to turn up, were instantly expelled.
Madeleine Jacquemotte, though located nearby to smart Avenue Louise, has been plagued with problems in the last two years, which came to a head at the start of this year’s new school year.
There were six serious attacks on teachers within a fortnight.
As a result, socialist education minister Marie Arena sacked the school’s management and appointed Lambremont, giving him carte blanche to take whatever measures he deems necessary in order to re-establish discipline within two years.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news