Chlorine Poisoning in Mamer school

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

On Monday, 04.06.2018, at 11:23 parents received the following communication from the school:

Dear parents,

To inform you, there has been an incident in our swimming pool concerning a group of Primary pupils.

You will later receive more information concerning the actual incident, but right now I just want to inform all of the following:

  • Information to me at the moment is that there are no serious consequences but 10 pupils are concerned with medical follow up at school
  • 7 of these pupils will be sent to hospital for control and follow up also there
  • Parents of the concerned 10 pupils are being directly informed by school, including information of if sent to hospital and also what hospital
  • If you have not received a phone call from school, please don’t contact school to ask questions right now.
  • More information will follow no later than 12 o’clock today


Following messages confirmed that there was a leakage of chlorine gas in the swimming pool because of bad maintenance of the whole sports hall building.

Luckily all children were released from hospital the next day and hopeful won’t have long lasting consequences because of such negligence.

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960