A 13-year-old teenager had a terrible time watching Gore Verbinski’s horror film “The Ring” at college. His parents are suing the National Education.
The Ring: the trauma of an entire generation
American remake of Japanese film Ring Hideo Nakata, The Circle: The Ring by Gore Verbinski was released in theaters in February 2003. Naomi Watts was headlining.
The American actress played there a journalist who was investigating a mysterious cursed video tape, at the origin of the unexplained death of four teenagers, including her niece. After finding and viewing it, the curse hit her in turn, and she only had seven days to try to thwart the spell otherwise the terrible Samara would take care of her …
The horror sight of the latter coming off television traumatized many viewers, and continues to this day.
Parents file a complaint against the National Education
As revealed this Friday, November 4 by LCI, parents of a young college student decided to file a complaint after the latter was traumatized by watching The Ring in class.
The facts unfolded in april 2019. During a course on fantastic cinema, a teacher from a secondary school in the Rhône showed the film to his 4th year students. A debate ensued on the construction of fear in a film. Problem: the young girl, aged 13 at the time of the facts, was traumatized by the viewing.
This Wednesday, November 3, his parents testified before the administrative court of Lyon. They claim 11,000 euros in damages from the National Education. They claim that their daughter was subsequently unable to watch television on her own and that she remained “locked in her home”. She also reportedly experienced a “very hard end of college”, with panic attacks and social isolation.
Worse yet, they claim their daughter was in “post-traumatic stress disorder” according to a medical certificate produced by the lawyer. She subsequently followed hypnosis sessions and had to be followed psychologically.
The Ring was banned for children under 12 when it was released in theaters. But then it was not recommended for under 16s during its television broadcast. The case is now in the hands of justice.