Public schools

French Teacher Extorted Thousands of Euros With Expulsion Threat

And then bounced the kid, anyway

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Parents of a secondary school pupil in northern France have filed a legal complaint against a teacher for demanding 7,500 euros (£6,500) not to have their son expelled.

The unnamed 53-year old supply teacher allegedly threatened to have the teenage boy from the French town of Avesnes-Sur-Helpe dismissed for hitting him on the forehead with a scrunched up paper ball, which he claimed caused severe headaches and impaired eyesight.

After summoning the unruly pupil's parents, he allegedly told them he would only refrain from filing a complaint that could lead to an expulsion if they paid him 10,000 euros (£8,630).

The parents said they eventually settled on the sum of 7,500 euros payable in monthly cash instalments of 300 euros (£260), even signing a "contract" over the pledge.