Friday, May 8, 2009

School pays out $150,000 after boy stoned, scalped in bullying in

A FIVE-year-old Queensland boy was scalped, stoned, hit and taunted in an atrocious case of schoolyard bullying - and the main perpetrator was the "buddy" charged with protecting him. 

Lachlan Antony Guerin suffered a minor brain injury during the sustained bullying by his school-assigned buddy and other older students at St John's Lutheran Primary School in Kingaroy, while in preschool and Year 1 in 1997 and 1998. 

His guardian, Evelyn-Joy Lindsay-Park, filed a claim in the District Court in Brisbane for $250,000 but has accepted $150,000 plus costs from the school in an out-of-court mediated settlement,

In her statement of claim, Ms Lindsay-Park said the older student was supposed to "provide guidance, support, mentoring and/or friendship" to Lachlan but instead he and other students abused him.


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