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Queensland taxpayers dish out $1.2million to kids who hurt themselves at school

Taxpayers hand out $1.2 MILLION to kids who run into basketball poles, slip on concrete and get into fights at school

  • A child suffered ‘physical and psychiatric’ injuries after falling from playground equipment
  • Another was compensated after hitting a basketball hoop in the school yard
  • Education Minister supports schools in distributing compensation to injured children

Children who slip on concrete, bump into poles and fight at school have received more than $1.2 million in compensation.

Between February 2020 and November 2021, seven payouts were awarded to schoolchildren in Queensland.

Four payouts were described as ‘student abused’, while a fifth was given to a child who suffered physical and psychiatric injuries after falling off playground equipment.

A sixth forfeit was awarded to a student who hit a basketball hoop.

The seventh was awarded to a child who slipped and fell backwards onto concrete.

Seven payouts were awarded to schoolchildren in Queensland within a 21-month period.  Pictured: Stock image of school children in Brisbane

Seven payouts were awarded to schoolchildren in Queensland within a 21-month period. Pictured: Stock image of school children in Brisbane

According to documents issued by the courier post

The exact figure associated with the individual settlements is unknown, nor is the extent of each injury known.

Meanwhile, the amount awarded to injured students between the same 21-month period a year earlier, from February 2018 to November 2019, was just $729,070.

Queensland’s Education Minister Grace Grace told the newspaper she supported financial compensation.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace (pictured) says schools should compensate families

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace (pictured) says schools should compensate families

“If a student is injured at school and it turns out they need to be compensated, I absolutely support that,” she said.

The Ministry of Education said parents who believed their children had been injured at school through negligence could sue the Ministry of Education.

“However, some injuries can occur as a result of an accident and not due to negligence on the part of the faculty. In that case, the faculty is not liable for compensating the injured student’, it says.

“The department understands that the data in the referenced document is settlement data, not incident data.”

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