A moving farewell to Jonathan Destin, “hero” in the fight against harassment

Between 200 and 300 people gathered Monday morning in the church of Saint-Amand in Marquette-lez-Lille for the last farewell to Jonathan Destin, a person in the fight against bullying at school, who died in August 22 at the age of 27.




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In your short life, you have time to become a great person “. Jonathan Destin, a person in the fight against bullying at school, died in his sleep on August 22. They were between 200 and 300 on Monday morning who came to attend his funeral, and to listen to the painful and solemn words of his mother. ” You have become a spokesperson for all the silenced voices “. Sobs in the sequence, where many activists of the cause that he became a symbol took place.


“He really wants to avoid a second Jonathan”

Bullied at school, Jonathan Destin really is tried in 2011 to set himself on fire before throwing himself into Deûle. ” When the children saw him, in his impressive body, it was like an electric shock “, explains Romain Debaisieux. Having himself been harassed in college, the young man began to fight back by becoming the president of SOS Harcèlement 62. One day, he was invited to a radio show. It was his first, he was a bit nervous, especially since he had to share the microphone with Jonathan Destin. ” But he has this ability to simply tell his story, that’s what makes him a hero. He has a shell, but he wants to avoid a second Jonathan. We lost a lot of support “, he let out.


He wasn’t the only one who felt like an orphan. Behind the church, two strange profiles: biker jackets, shaved heads and many beards. They are members of Lag Spirit, “Ho-Norr” section, and are based in Douaisis. Harassment is also their main cause: when a case comes to their attention, they take care of the victim, change their air and restore their confidence. Last resort: a procession of Harleys moved in front of the establishment to support the harassed child. Guaranteed effect. Monday morning, motorcycles were parked in the forecourt. ” We are fighting the same battle, so we want to attend. He didn’t hide things, he explained them, but didn’t pretend to be a victim. Making people understand that you have to speak up when there is harassment, criticism is the hardest thing “, smiles “Gimli”, president of this association of bikers.


“Some harassers realize how far this is going”

It wasn’t easy for Jonathan either, despite the outward assurance. One day, he had to intervene at the high school of Sévigné in Tourcoing. ” He was a little shy, he stressed “said Fanny, who went to the ceremony with her companions Pauline, Emma and Laura, all of them aged 20 to 22.

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But when he was about to enter high school, ” people flocked to him “, they said.

The effect of Destiny is immediate: that day, many harassed students recognized themselves in him, realized that they should not sink into silence and enjoy their lives; and few stalkers realize how far it can go “. Through these high school girls, Jonathan Destin’s fight will continue. And as his mother said, you fought like a lion, now you can finally rest “.







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