12 September 2007
Teacher awarded £165K compensation
A teacher who received injuries while breaking up a fight in a Leeds school has been awarded £165,000 compensation, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
The 40-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, sustained a broken eye socket and back and shoulder injuries when she intervened in an altercation between a group of teenage boys.
She subsequently gave up teaching and assumed a desk job that pays less than half her previous salary.
Describing her situation to the newspaper she said: "It's hard when you've had the confidence knocked out of you mentally and physically."
After accepting that she would not return to the profession, Leeds Council awarded her the compensation.
According to a report from the BBC last month, attacks on teachers in Sheffield were occurring at a rate of more than two a week during the last school year, with 98 incidents being reported over the period.