Police sent to schools in Paris suburb
After several violent incidents, police on horseback guard junior high schools in the Paris suburbs to reduce gang activity.3 October 2008
BOBIGNY -- Police on horseback began guarding a junior high school in the Seine-Saint-Denis area north of Paris Thursday as part of a larger effort to improve security in the suburb, French police told AFP.
The decision to increase police around the Nelson-Mandela junior high school, and other nearby schools in the future, comes after a bottle of acid exploded during a class at the school in Blanc-Mesnil on Monday. No one was injured in the incident.
An official from the regional educational authourity said police on horseback are being sent to four or five schools in the area to prevent gangs from fighting.
As earlier efforts to stop the suburb's gang activity were unsuccessful, he said they wanted to "find new strategies, in addition to preventative measures already put into place".
On Monday, 60 youths from rival gangs fought in front of George-Brassens school in Villepinte, without anyone being injured.
Teachers from Blanc-Mesnil and Villepinte, where more video surveillance is being introduced, were on strike since the two incidents occurred Monday, Deputy Authourity Marc Bablet said.
[AFP / Expatica]