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No payouts for teachers in my day.

I WAS ashamed at the PS98k payout to a teacher suffering from "psychological injuries" after a "set-to" with a pupil.

Many years ago in the dim, dark mid-70s I was walking along a corridor when a tall gangly youth backed out of a classroom with his elbows, for some reason, sticking out at shoulder level.

He swung round and hit me in the face, smashing my glasses and digging them into my nose, which subsequently bled and bruised. I could have lost an eye.

I did not make an issue of it other than to tell him to be a bit more careful.

We were both quite shocked - he more than I, I think.

However, some days later I contacted the regional office of the National Union of Teachers requesting compensation for my specs.

I was told: "Sorry, but it's one of those things one can expect as a teacher." No psychological issues there then!

S BEST Forest Hall

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2017
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