Bradley Boustead was a secondary teacher at Maleny High School.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 14 February 2007, Mr Boustead and three or four other teachers were supervising about one hundred students who were not participating in inter-school sport.
Beau Guest was a Year 9 student at Maleny High School.
Early in the afternoon Beau Guest was sent to the Deputy Principal's Office after an incident.
Twenty minutes to half an hour later, Mr Boustead saw Beau Guest playing ping-pong with other students.
Ten minutes before the final school bell, Mr Boustead noticed three chidren at the school fence.
He went up to them and started to speak to them.
Beau Guest was at a window upstairs.
Beau Guest began yelling "hey you, teacher, you leave those kids alone."
Mr Boustead went upstairs to Beau Guest and asked him "was it you yelling out to me below?"
Beau Guest "arched up" at this, came towards Mr Boustead and started to push Mr Boustead, saying "Do you want a fight?"
Mr Boustead said "mate, this is just a yes, no question; that's all I ask."
Beau Guest became really agitated, so Mr Boustead walked away.
Beau Guest threw something at Mr Boustead, which hit him in the back.
Mr Boustead went downstairs towards the administration block.
There was a large audience of parents, waiting to collect their children.
Beau Guest yelled out at the top of his voice "I'm going to get you, you big fat blue c-nt".
Mr Boustead hand-wrote a statement describing what had occurred.
* Always keep a photocopy of these statements.
He gave the statement to the deputy principal.
The next day, Thursday 15 February 2007, the principal asked Mr Boustead if he would be willing to participate in a mediation process with Beau Guest.
Beau Guest was given a three-day suspension.
On Tuesday 20 February 2007, Beau Guest returned to school.
Another student told Mr Boustead "Hey, Mr Boustead, Beau still wants to fight you."
There were other unpleasant incidents.
Mr Boustead had the impression that Beau Guest was spreading rumours concerning him.
Nobody on the staff asked Mr Boustead how he was.
* I understand how Mr Boustead must have felt about this, because I had a similar experience. A Grade 7 student sat on a first-floor window-sill, looked over at me in a jeering sort of way, and then jumped out of the window. I was horribly shocked, but the child thought that it was a huge joke. I could remember nothing at all till I was standing in the school office saying "He jumped! He Jumped!". But the next time that I went to the school, nobody on the staff asked me if I was OK. I also found this lack of interest in my welfare quite upsetting.
Actually, this was a good school and, when the principal realised that I was suffering from shock, she was most supportive.
But there does seem to be a systemic lack of awareness of the impact of these sorts of incidents on teachers.
By Sunday 25 February 2007, Mr Boustead was feeling that the carpet was being pulled out from under him and that he needed help to deal with the situation.
He felt that he did not know when another incident was going to happen.
* I also had this experience. I kept having visions of the class of children all rushing to the first-floor window and jumping out. I did not want to go into that classroom again. I went to see the Staff Welfare Officer and she suggested that, when I had this "vision", I should imagine myself walking over to the window and closing the window. This simple strategy worked well for me.
By Monday 26 February 2007, Mr Boustead knew that he was unwell.
He made an appointment to see Dr Heidi Gills as soon as possible.
On Wednesday 28 February 2007, Mr Boustead saw Dr Gills and she gave him a certificate for two weeks off work.
WorkCover refused Mr Boustead's application for Workers' Compensation.
Q-Comp confirmed this decision.
Mr Boustead appealed to the Magistrates Court of Queensland.
And on 21 July 2008, The Magistrates Court of Queensland found that -
* The injury arose out of Mr Boustead's employment.
* Mr Boustead's employment was a significant contributing factor to the injury.
* The injury had not arisen in the course of reasonable management action taken in a reasonable way by his emplyer.
So Mr Boustead's appeal was allowed.
And compensation was payable to Mr Boustead.
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