A French teen was charged with aggravated violence after a video was released showing him pointing a fake gun at a teacher’s head, prosecutors said on Oct. 21.
The scene took place on Oct. 18 at Edouard-Branly High School in Creteil, a southeastern suburb of Paris.
The 16-year-old says in the video in French, while aiming the fake gun at the female teacher: “You’ve marked me as absent. Mark me as present.”
Le Parisien reported that the teen was reacting to the teacher having marked him as absent when he was late for class.
The teacher appears unperturbed by the disturbing gesture and proceeds to face her laptop, ignoring the student.
There is also a student who is seen in the video making a rude hand gesture behind the teacher’s back.
On Oct. 19, the teacher filed a police report over the incident. The teen later turned himself over to police on the same day, accompanied by his father.
The student who had made the rude hand gesture was also arrested but soon released.
On Oct. 21, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced in a joint statement that they would hold a meeting next week to discuss how to prevent school violence in low-income suburbs.