First Payout for School Bullying
A woman from Wales who was bullied over a period of seven years at primary school and who suffered from depression has been awarded £20,000 in an out of court settlement. It is thought to be the first time that such a settlement has been made in Great Britain.
23-year-old Sophie Amor was awarded the sum even though the Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, did not admit liability. She was always tall for her age and was bullied throughout her time at school.
Her mother claimed to have told the head of the school in Blaenavon, Gwent, about the problem more than fifty times and also brought the bullying to the attention of the school governors, but nothing was done. When she was 14, Sophie attempted suicide and was taken out of mainstream education at that time. She claimed still to be traumatised by her experiences and had intended to take her claim to the High Court if it had not been settled by the Council’s insurers.
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