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Injured schoolboy wins eye appeal

17:20 Posted by Richard Horsfield
A Cornish schoolboy who was hit in the eye by a stone thrown during school playtime could now sue Cornwall Council over the incident.
Scott Palmer said he had his hopes of becoming a professional goalkeeper shattered by the injury at Tretherras School, Newquay, in July 2001.

A fellow pupil had unintentionally hit him in the eye during break time.
Judges at the Appeal Court in London overruled a previous decision dismissing a claim against the council.
The judges heard that two dinner ladies had been supervising hundreds of children.

'Effectively unsupervised'
Hundreds of Year 9 and 10 children at Tretherras were on their break period when a boy aimed a stone at a seagull but hit Scott, then aged 14.

There were just two dinner ladies on duty to supervise up to 400 pupils on the school playing field, which the judges said was clearly negligent.

The judges said the children had been "effectively unsupervised".
Mr Palmer, who is now 22, has suffered problems with his vision since the incident.

Cornwall Council said it was now reviewing arrangements for lunchtime supervision.

The council said it was disappointed at the outcome of the appeal, but accepted the judgment.
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