The Quebec police force warns parents that it will intensify its presence around schools and threatens to crack down with statements of offense, if necessary, against recalcitrant students who do not respect health rules.
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The Découvreurs School Service Center sent parents a letter from the Quebec Police Service (SPVQ) on Friday morning. The content of this letter raised eyebrows more than one, while the Legault government continues to affirm publicly that it does not intend to go so far.
The police announced in this letter that they will increase their presence “around schools from the next few days” and that they “will make students aware of compliance with new health measures”.
The tone of the letter, which emphasizes prevention first, grows harsher. “In the event that sanitary measures are not respected, the police will first rely on collaboration. Otherwise, the government decree now gives the power to the police to issue a statement of offense “, we can read, a threat” barely veiled “according to the mother of a student, indignant, who sent us the letter.
“The SPVQ hereby asks for your collaboration in order to initiate a discussion with your child to make him aware of compliance with sanitary measures as well as of the risks incurred in the event of non-compliance with these measures”, we add. in this letter sent to parents.
“Not our objective”, says Legault
Asked during a press briefing on Friday morning on this subject, Prime Minister François Legault nevertheless clearly indicated that he did not intend to take the path of repression and the imposition of fines for make young people understand the merits of wearing a mask and distancing.
“No, but that power is there, and then you have to take it seriously, then the students, in the gatherings, whether it’s in the courtyard or whatever in the city, take it seriously. serious then that there are no gatherings. But our goal is not to start giving tickets to students in schoolyards, ”he replied.
A few weeks ago, in Portneuf, a similar letter sent to parents by the Center de services scolaire created an outcry.
The office of Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge and the Service Center had subsequently corrected the situation and pleaded a misunderstanding, ensuring that the police were not ultimately going to issue tickets of $ 560 to the students.