Paris, France - French Principal Indicted for Failing to Report School Abuse Cases
Paris, France - The 55 year old principal of an Orthodox school in was indicted by a Paris judge on Thursday for failing to report sexual abuse in minors to the authorities, in an effort to protect the image of the Jewish community.
According to reports on French news site RTL.fr, (http://bit.ly/W7ok4g) several students at the Beth Hanna school claimed to having been touched inappropriately by a supervisor at the school. When parents brought their concerns to the principal, identified only as “Benjamin M.”, he did not inform authorities of the possible abuse, and is accused that he also tried to convince parents not to make their claims public so as not to dishonor the Jewish community.
The supervisor in question was indicted in November and eventually fired by the school.
One family decided to ignore the warnings of the principal to keep their silence and took the matter to the minors brigade of the Parisian police, which led to his subsequent indictment. Two parents were also taken into custody in relation to the alleged abuse but were released without being charged.
Beth Hanna, located in northeast Paris on Rue Petit, is reportedly the largest Lubavitch school in Europe with an enrollment of approximately 2,000 children.
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