Bully victim's suit fails

10th November 2000 at 00:00
A TEENAGER this week failed to win damages from a council she claimed had failed to protect her from bullies.

A High Court judge ruled that a school - and hence a local authority - cannot be held responsible for bullying that takes place off the premises.

Leah Bradford-Smart, now 19, was seeking pound;75,000 after claiming she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of negligence by West Sussex CountyCouncil.

An earlier hearing was told that she was the victim of "persistent and prolonged bullying" while a pupil at Ifield middle school, Crawley, between September 1990 and July 1993.

Mr Justice Garland accepted she had been seriously affected by her ordeal, but said blame could not be placed on the school where her form teacher had taken "reasonable steps" to safeguard her from her tormentors.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now