Taxpayers dish out $1.2MILLION to kids who run into basketball poles, slip on concrete and get into brawls at school
- One child had ‘physical and psychiatric’ injuries after falling off play equipment
- Another was compensated after running into a basketball pole in the schoolyard
- Education minister supports schools handing compensation out to injured kids
Kids who slip on concrete, run into poles, and get into fights at school have been paid more than $1.2 million in compensation.
Seven payouts were awarded to school children in Queensland between February 2020 and November 2021.
Four payouts were described as ‘student assaulted’, while a fifth was given to a child who had a physical and psychiatric injury after falling off playground equipment.
A sixth lump sum was handed to a student who ran into a basketball pole.
The seventh was awarded to a child who slipped and fell backwards onto concrete.
Seven payouts were awarded to school children in Queensland within a 21-month period. Pictured: Stock image of school kids in Brisbane
A grand total of $1,254,611 in compensation was handed out over the entire 21-month period, according to documents obtained by the Courier Mail.
The exact figure attached to individual settlements is not known, nor is the extent of each injury.
Meanwhile, the amount of money awarded to injured students between the same 21-month period a year earlier, from February 2018 to November 2019, was only $729,070.
Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace told the newspaper that she supported financial compensation.
Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace (pictured) says schools should compensate families
‘If a student is injured at school and it’s found they should be compensated, then I absolutely support that,’ she said.
The Education Department said parents who believed their children were hurt at school due to negligence could sue the education department.
‘Some injuries, however, may occur as a result of an accident and not as a result of the department’s negligence, in which case the department is not liable to compensate the injured student,’ it said.
‘The department understands that the dates in the referenced document are settlement dates, not incident dates.’