High school students were taken into police custody following the occupation of a high school [Lycée Arago Paris on May 22] I am not one of those who think that youth is always right on the grounds that it is youth; but neither am I one of those who assert, as some people do today, that young people have no other choice than to be silent, and to study in silence, to attend as a spectator the events which shake up our society.
Besides, youth is not just a period of life. We are the age of his faith, his commitments, his convictions, his anger or his ... resignation. All in all, I prefer a youth who is committed, who expresses his convictions, his anger even if they disturb.
Were these 17-year-old high school students irresponsible are engaged in resistance? Write the mot freedom on their notebooks was no longer enough for them. What good is it to read in our schools the letters of these young high school students engaged in resistance to punish today those who express too strongly their convictions?
He was barely 17 years old, this high school student when he describes the exhilarating drift of a drunk boat. Would Rimbaud have written the drunk boat if he had stayed wisely in Charleville?
And then we do not judge the engagement of young people by their own standards beliefs or fears. Why should the youth who embody the future of our society remain indifferent to reforms that engage their future? The strength of a democracy is not in the resignation but in the commitment of its citizens.