06 February 2009
Teacher attacked by pupil seeks compensation
A school teacher who was repeatedly attacked by a student is seeking a payout of £250,000 in damages and compensation.
Teresa McCarthy allegedly went on to suffer stress and depression after the assaults and quit her role at Drummond School in Inverness on the north-east coast of Scotland.
She gave evidence during a recent hearing that she was the victim of four attacks, which were perpetrated by a 13-year-old autistic boy and involved hair-pulling and punching, local publication the Press and Journal reports.
Ms McCarthy claims that her employer, the Highland council, failed to protect her.
Dr Carr, who works at New Craigs psychiatric hospital and treated the teacher, said: "If someone was attacked in an NHS hospital, no one would expect that person to go back to work and go back unprotected in the same situation."
He added that there would be an "enormous outcry" about it if this occurred.
The case is ongoing.