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Dec 13, 2012 at 01:58am IST

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London: A teacher in France has been suspended after asking a class of teenagers to write suicide notes. The man, who has not been named, is a French teacher at the Antoine-Delafont school in Montmoreau-Saint-Cybard, near Angouleme, France, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

He told the 13 to 14-year-olds to imagine what they would say to themselves if they were about to end their lives out of "disgust" for their lives.

The assignment, set in October, read: "You've just turned 18. You've decided to end your life. Your decision is definitive.

France: Teacher suspended for suicide note homework

The teacher told the students to imagine what they would say to themselves if they were about to end their lives.

"In a final surge you decide to put in words the reason behind your decision. In the style of a self-portrait, you describe the disgust you have for yourself. Your text will retrace certain events in your life at the origin of these feelings."

Jean-Marie Renault, the school head, confirmed that the teacher had now been "officially notified" of his suspension, following complaints from parents, the Mail added.

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