The family of Dinah, a 14-year-old Alsatian high school student who committed suicide in October after being the victim of school harassment according to his relatives, filed a complaint on Thursday for “harassment”, “manslaughter” or “incitement to suicide”, report our colleagues from Alsace.
This complaint, signed by the parents and a brother of Dinah, was sent during the day to the Mulhouse prosecutor’s office, which has already opened two investigations for harassment and the search for the causes of death. “It is a complaint against X, but in two parts, which denounces both the facts committed by the students, and the facts committed by the direction of the college”, specified Me Laure Boutron-Marmion, lawyer of the family. Against pupils whom it qualifies as “harassers”, the family lodges a complaint for “harassment” and “provocation to suicide”, for facts which took place between 2019 and 2021, in classes of 4e and de 3rd.
The family produces high school conversations from social media and online messaging apps, as well as two sound recordings of Dinah. These pieces “show the disarray in which she was,” said Me Laure Boutron-Marmion, considering that “they make it possible to better understand the puzzle of hatred that was set up around her”.
The condemnable attitude of the college
The complaint also denounces “the condemnable attitude of the college”, under three other counts, “complicity in harassment”, “failure to provide assistance” and “manslaughter”, detailed the lawyer. “There was no contact between the college management and the family, even after Dinah’s suicide attempt in March 2021,” lamented Me Boutron-Marmion. “Over this entire period, there was only one meeting, with the senior education advisor, and the nurse,” according to the lawyer.
Dinah, educated in the second class, was found hanged at the family home in Kingersheim, near Mulhouse, on the night of October 4 to 5. The prosecution had entrusted the investigation to the Wittenheim police station. The gendarmerie services fighting against online hatred were also seized.