05 January 2009
Teacher wins £250k after suffering injuries in assault
A teacher who was assaulted by a child who had a history of violence has been awarded a payout of £250,000, it has been revealed.
Colin Adams was punched to the ground in 2004 by the student, who had previously attacked fellow students and a security guard at a library opposite Kingsford Community School in Beckton.
Although the 50-year-old's colleagues shouted at the boy to stop, no one initially intervened.
Only when he was on the ground with the student's hands around his neck did a staff member take action to stop the assault.
As a result of the incident, Mr Adams has been forced to give up work suffering from severe stress and back problems.
Recently, Newham council - which is based in the heart of London's east end - came to a settlement with him based on loss of salary, future loss of earnings and the injuries he suffered, the Newham Recorder reports.