Alps avalanche deaths: Teacher faces manslaughter charge

The BBC is reporting that a French teacher is under investigation for manslaughter after he apparently led schoolchildren onto a closed ski run shortly before a deadly avalanche.

Police are waiting to take the teacher into custody. He was seriously injured in the disaster and remains in hospital.

Two pupils and a Ukrainian tourist were killed when the avalanche struck in the Les Deux Alpes on Wednesday.

Warnings were in place after heavy snow in recent days.

The two students who died were a boy of 14 and a 16-year-old girl from Saint-Exupery high school in Lyon.

The Ukrainian man who was killed was not part of the school group.

“We have to interview the hospitalised teacher as soon as we can,” Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat told reporters on Thursday.

“The question is: Why were they skiing on a closed piste?”

…Officials said the danger had been well signposted on the piste, with netting blocking the top. The run is said to be situated on a particularly icy north-facing side of mountain.

But the teacher and students appear to have deliberately gone past the signs and started skiing downhill, Mr Coquillat said.

A group of people skiing above the school party on the mountain may have triggered the avalanche, he added…

The teacher remains seriously ill in hospital but all other members of the party are now “safe and sound”, according to the French interior ministry

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