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
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
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