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A young high school student commits suicide, an investigation for harassment opened

The Mulhouse prosecutor’s office on Monday, October 25, opened an investigation for harassment after the suicide, in early October, of Dinah, a 14-year-old high school student, who was the target of students’ mockery. During a white march which brought together on Sunday, October 24, more than a thousand people in Mulhouse, Samira Gonthier, Dinah’s mother, had implicated several of her daughter’s comrades. “It is important that we go and check all these elements”, underlined the prosecutor, Edwige Roux-Morizot.

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According to her parents, Dinah was the victim of harassment because she had confided in her homosexuality. Her mother also criticized the teaching staff for having “closed their eyes” to the tragedy experienced by her daughter.

She had received messages like “Don’t worry you will die soon”, Where “We will send you links on the Internet so that you can die”, after a first suicide attempt in March. Dinah, whose mother is of Moroccan origin, suffered insults “Racist or of a homophobic nature”, said his father, Serge Gonthier, of Reunion origin. “In her class, there were two students who supported her, the others took her down”, according to him.

No complaint filed

The teenager, educated in second class, was found hanged at the family home in Kingersheim (Haut-Rhin), on the night of October 4 to 5. She was the last of three children.

The investigation was entrusted to the Wittehnheim (Haut-Rhin) police station, said the prosecution, which also seized the central office for the fight against online hate in order to “Search for a number of items in the phone and in the computer” of the teenager.

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No complaint has yet been filed, added the prosecutor. But Dinah’s mother announced on Sunday her intention to drop one after the 40-day mourning period observed by the Muslim religion. Initially, the prosecution opened an investigation to “Search for the causes of death”.


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