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Teacher receives compensation after attack by pupil

A woman teacher who had to give up her job after being attacked by a pupil has been awarded £35,634 compensation.

The teacher was 49 years old when she was attacked at the school where she worked. She was pushed against a wall and the pupil then struck her on the shoulder with a school bag.

She sustained injuries to her neck and shoulder, and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder for two years after the attack. She was unable to work for 20 weeks and then returned to the school on a phased basis. However, she kept reliving the assault and felt unable to cope.

She continued to experience nightmares and general anxiety. Her condition meant she felt unable to continue as a teacher and so she resigned.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded her damages of £35,634 to compensate for her injuries, suffering, loss of earnings and loss of future opportunity.

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