More LEAs face injury writs

22nd March 1996 at 00:00
Four more local authorities are being sued for negligence by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers which won record compensation last week for a primary teacher who was permanently injured by a 10-year-old pupil.

Hazel Spence-Young received Pounds 82,500 from Coventry city council in an out-of-court settlement after injuries inflicted at Frederick Bird primary school in 1989 by a boy who was so violent that an educational psychologist said he should be in a special school.

She was left unable to work and is in need of constant painkillers.

Nigel de Gruchy, the union's general secretary, said it was suing Nottinghamshire, Leeds, Derbyshire and Sandwell councils in the West Midlands over similar incidents.

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