GIRONDE – The affair caused a stir. On Sunday September 12, the Sud Ouest regional daily reported a case that had arisen three days earlier in Saint-Médard-de-Guizières, a small village of 2,300 inhabitants located in Gironde about fifty kilometers from Bordeaux: a seven-year-old child escorted home him by a municipal police officer at the meridian break because of unpaid canteen.
According to the town hall, which made this decision, the child’s parents had effectively no longer paid for the student’s meals since 2019 and owed the municipality around 800 euros (i.e. 350 to 400 meals), an amount admitted by the parents. .
On BFMTV, the mother regretted the conclusion, explaining that the child’s age should have guarded her against such a scene. “These are not his stories. It doesn’t matter who’s right: he’s seven and a half years old, you can’t flaunt him like that in front of all the parents, in front of the whole school. When someone has problems with the rent, with the canteen, we don’t take it out on the children, ”she laments.
But as she explained this Monday, September 13 on RMC, the mayor of the village fully assumes her decision. “Today I had no other solution. I understand that it is difficult to hear, but if you have a solution to offer me so that the parents who are indebted to the community pay their debt, I am ready to take it ”, declares Mireille Conte-Jaubert, elected since 2014 and re-elected. last year.
❌ In Gironde, a child of seven was brought home by a police officer because his family did not pay for the canteen 📞 The mayor of Saint-Médard-de-Guizières assures RMC that the child will not have access to the school canteen until the invoice is settled. # ApollineMatinpic.twitter.com / ndxUVdZUsP
Above all, the city councilor defends himself against accusations made by the mother of a situation that would be traumatic for the child. “I wasn’t there so I don’t know how dismayed he was. What I can say is that our municipal policeman is quite empowered to do this sort of thing and I think he did it with the utmost delicacy. The child did not stay long with the municipal police officer because he lives 150 meters from the school. “
Mireille Conte-Jaubert continues, still at the microphone of RMC: “The municipal police officer did not bring him home by telling him that his mother did not pay for the canteen. He told her that he couldn’t stay in the canteen and that since his mom couldn’t come and pick him up, he was the policeman who brought him home. ” She adds that many other children go home every noon for lunch and that the student has not been singled out in any way from the rest of her classmates.
As for what follows, the elected representative ensures that a very simple solution is already in place, without penalizing the child. “Mom knows she has to come get him because she didn’t leave him at school on Friday. She’s not working and she’s already picking up another of her kids from another school for lunch, so I don’t see why she can’t do the same with that kid. “
There remains the question of the family’s unpaid bills. “The bill has still not been paid because the mom deliberately does not want to pay it. Henceforth the child will therefore not have access to the canteen “, specifies Mireille Conte-Jaubert on this subject. And to recall that “for all communities, the canteen is a service which is made available to parents, but which is not compulsory.” According to Sud Ouest, unpaid canteen and extracurricular payments represent a total shortfall of 16,000 euros for the village at present.
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