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Hit in the head by a student...help!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by missiffat, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    @grumpydogwoman 's advice is excellent. Some school's have a policy of wiping CCTV footage after 24 hours - so don't delay. As soon as you can, email the member of SLT that watched the footage with you to confirm the details of who/what/where/when.
  2. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Bless you missifat. I hope you're alright. How did you get on at A and E? Next, contact police and union at reional level. You are the victim here, and not the pupil.x
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  3. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    You have already had excellent advice, but just wanted to say I hope you are ok, and I hope you get the matter resolved to your satisfaction. Definitely don't make career decisions today x
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  4. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    You have been assaulted and caused actual physical harm. If it happened in the street the police would prosecute - report the incident to the police and inform them that the school have the evidence in the form of the CCTV.
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  5. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    And take a few days off work to recover - let the school know that their is a financial cost for not fully supporting staff against thugs and bullies.
  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    In this order:
    1) stiff drink
    2) A and E turn up at the start if your GP opening tomorrow morning. Explain. They will fit you in. Get signed off for a week.
    3) take well earned time out.
    4) make a list in chronological order of exactly what happened.
    5) contact union rep and report it, ditto the police. I really would press charges.
    6) by the time you have done all this, the SLT might have grown a spine and decided what to do.

    Teaching is becoming more and more demanding and the risks to safety are too high in many schools. Well, we know that teachers' rights and conditions matter very little to senior managers. One rule for them , another for us. Except that you have been assaulted. Their behaviour policies have just been badly shown up. You could press charges. This puts them in the spot. The kid needs suspending, for his own good and yours. Disgraceful.
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  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I thought that if the attack happened on school premises the SLT have to respind and take on the problem? They can't wriggle out of this. Can't even blame the assault on the OP's teachingbstyles, as it wasn't her class..( shocking, but it has happened, which is why I think you should stand your ground)
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  8. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    The way things are with many schools, they might be delighted that they can now exclude the kid for ABH. In this case, he deserved it. What are we coming to in the U.K, when spout gobbynimpatint kids waiting for their mates outside another lesson have the arrogance to do this and lack the self-control to JUST BE PATIENT? Awful.
  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Yes, and record yourself leaving the message, giving the date. I'd instruct a solicitor. And email the head of IT or facilities or security, whoever looks after the CCTV, asking to see the footage. Then bcc in your union rep. If the rep is rubbish, bcc a solicitor...this is serious and the school would privately compensate you if they had any sense.
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  10. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    And don't worry about the money with taking on a case, as I am pretty sure the CPS would fund this. Social services may need to talk to this charming young gentleman. I think the fact that you don't even teach him and he still feels he can behave like this, i.e., he picked on you at random, is chilling.
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    And bcc in yourself and your union rep to that same email. Send the email from home, not a workplace email. Or bcc to a home email.
  12. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    The LAST thing the OP should do, if she is going to A & E with possible concussion, is have a stiff drink!

    @missiffat This is an extremely serious matter - you, or another student could have been blinded, and the student responsible needs to be made to understand that there are consequences to their actions.

    Edit: if your username identifies you, please contact TES urgently to get it changed.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2017
  13. missiffat

    missiffat New commenter

    Hey thanks for your advice. I have just got home from the hospital noto long ago. Any idea how I change my username?
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  14. Sally_90

    Sally_90 Occasional commenter

    E-mail help@tes.com to change your username.How did you get on at the hospital? :(
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  15. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter


    DO NOT DRINK AT ALL AFTER A HEAD INJURY!!!!:eek::eek::eek:

    It masks symptoms of more serious concussion/subarachnoid haemorrhage.

    Apart from anything else, the alcohol intake will be noted on your medical records and could be used against you if you were to sue the school..
  16. missiffat

    missiffat New commenter

    Good job I don't drink then! :p
  17. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    How are things panning out?
    I hope first of all that the pain is dying down and that you are feeling more composed.
    I hope that you are putting the suggestions several folk have made to ensure that the disturbed young person and his collaborators learn that there are some very important boundaries to life, and that you have mustered support to back you up during what is going to be a stressful time.
    I hope you can savour a good mug of whatever you do drink!
    Best wishes
  18. teselectronic

    teselectronic Occasional commenter

  19. NewToTeachingOldToMaths

    NewToTeachingOldToMaths Lead commenter


    Not after a head injury!!!
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  20. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Sorry, I meant it metaphorically, not swill back gallons of Stella whilst waiting in A and E...
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