Friday, May 21, 2010

13 year-old girl viciously attacks teacher

A West Australian male teacher has been viciously attacked (click link for video) in a classroom by an untypically physically well-developed 13 year-old girl, the assault videoed and distributed by a classmate. Even if the unfortunate teacher was not seriously injured, which it appears he wasn't, he will probably be very reluctant to return to the classroom and could well develop significant psychological problems that could see him on worker's compensation for an extended period. This will add to the millions already being spent on injured public education workers:

Taxpayers shelled out almost $25 million last year to teachers and other Education Department staff for work-related injuries, illnesses and stress.

And in the first two months of this year, workers' compensation payments to department staff had already topped $5.2 million.

A big chunk of cash going to the psychologically injured:

Mental stress, including bullying by other staff or conflict with disobedient students, was a close second, costing more than $7.3 million.

The Education Department's web-page meant to entice new teachers to the job describes teaching as "rewarding and dynamic". Yeah well, as the video shows, working with kiddies can be very dynamic with many teachers no doubt feeling rewarded having survived another day on the job.




Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

It's interesting listening to the younger schoolgirl's mistaken belief that the teacher couldn't hit back. Clearly the teacher, who must have weighed twice as much, thought the same.

He would have been well within his rights to have dropped her. Although I can then imagine all the students changing their story and the phone footage disappearing...

What a disgrace. I can only imagine what that kid's parents are like.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous thefrollickingmole said...

Thats my boys school, hes in year 12 and hadnt even heard of the incident until after it hit the news.

The schhol has a fair few ferals, but its usualy "ill bash you after school" stuff between the kids. Occasionaly the parents engage in the same behaviour.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous boy on a bike said...

I'm with you, Dan. A quick bop on the nose might have put a stop to things real quick.

8:53 PM  

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