• Lexi Ponder

Vehicle crashes into crowd outside French high school

On Nov. 10, 2017, near the southern French city of Toulouse, three Chinese high school students were run over and injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd outside of the school’s premises.

According to CNN affiliate BFM TV, “The collision happened outside the Saint Exupéry high school in the Toulouse suburb of Balgnac.” This incident occurred when the students were crossing a street and the vehicle accelerated towards them, crashing into a crowd of people. According to the French interior ministry, the driver of the vehicle was arrested shortly after the incident, and the Toulouse prosecutor was called to investigate the situation.

Reports about the students’ conditions “conflicted.” The interior ministry has said that the students were “lightly injured,” and BFM said that two of the students were in serious condition, while the other was in the hospital.

According to the Independent, the French police are saying that this incident “was a possible deliberate vehicle attack and that the driver was not on a security watch list.” The driver apparently has a record of mental illnesses; he claimed that voices in his head told him to commit this action. This led police to believe that this does not appear to be an act of terrorism.

The Mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc, gave his verdict on the situation and support via Twitter, saying, “Very shocked by the aggression against the students in Blagnac. We offer them and their families all of our support.”