I also cited several examples of the phenomenon, one of which concerns a string of suicides and suicide attempts by teachers who have poured petrol over themselves whilst at school and turned themselves into human torches in front of their pupils. Suicide by self-immolation is becoming more prevalent here, and not only amongst teachers.
It was within this context that I read yesterday that a woman in the north of France had committed suicide by immolation in front of seven children. My immediate and almost blasé reaction was 'Oh, yet another teacher. Horrible. What the hell is happening here?!' After all, this kind of thing happens here every few months, and we're 'getting used to it'.
But I was wrong this time. This suicide did not involve a teacher. To sum up the article;
A woman in her forties in Haubourdin, near Lille, set fire to herself in front of her 7 children yesterday in a suicide attempt. The children tried to save her but she died later in hospital, having suffered 80% burns.IN FRONT OF HER CHILDREN??!! FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!
I have very rarely read, in all of my 59 years of life thus far, of parents committing suicide in front of their children. But I have NEVER EVER read of a parent who wished to burn to death in front of the children and did so. What kind of perverse forces could lead a mother to betray all the years of loving care she bestowed upon her children only to die an abject death which will traumatise those children for the rest of their lives?
'Public suicides' in France up until now have been carried out in public places and in front of strangers. But this suicide by self-immolation, committed as it was within the context of a family, holds frightening implications for where all this may end up.
As I said before - and as I am saying again now - the phenomenon of suicide-by-immolation in France is becoming extremely worrying.
SO WHY ISN'T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT IT??!