A bell marks the slow return to normal life. The population of Villa San Cipriano, in Amatrice, which mourns its dead and the devastation caused by the earthquake, 170 students aged between 3 and 18 go back to school. A makeshift structure, set up in record time a few kilometers away from the crater of the earthquake that struck this area on 24 August. The Civil Protection of the Autonomous Province of Trento has built it from scrap in less than a week, thus guaranteeing the students of Amatrice and Accumoli to start classes without delays.

The school

The new school is safe and very colorful. It has 12 classrooms, 35 square meters each, and other modules for services, for a total floor area of about 600 square meters. It will host the kindergarten, primary, middle, and high school of Amatrice and Accumoli. Whereas Cittareale pupils, about 20, will attend school in their own town, thanks to a fully equipped tent. So far, Villa San Cipriano counts about 170 enrolled students, but their number has increased in the last few hours because parents who had initially decided to transfer their children to schools in Rieti, returned to Amatrice, following the teachers’ solicitation.

The teachers

Last school year, there were 269 students enrolled in the Capranica School, which was reduced to rubble by the earthquake. The all-encompassing amateur institute in Amatrice will be headed by Professor Maria Rita Pitoni, a honored teacher and volunteer for the Italian Red Cross, called by the Ministry of Education a few hours after the 3:36 a.m. shock, to rebuild the school community and convince families that their children have to go back to school there, not elsewhere. Inaugurating the school year there was also the Ministry of Education, Stefania Giannini, along with the President of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Ugo Rossi, and of course to the mayors of Amatrice and Accumoli.

Charlie Hebdo

The town, razed to the ground by the earthquake, has had to cope also with Charlie Hebdo’s satire, which joked about the dead through cartoons. The Parisian periodical, which has represented the people of Amatrice as lasagna in the rubble, justified itself claiming that the cartoon meant to criticize the underworld, responsible for the construction of unsafe houses. But the municipality of Rieti has decided to sue them for aggravated defamation at the prosecutor’s office of Rieti. After receiving this news, the French periodical hid behind “no comment”.


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