Damages payout increased for bullied school student

Jazmine Oyston

A Sydney Catholic school student, who suffered serious mental health problems after years of bullying, has had her damages payout increased, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jazmine Oyston successfully sued St Patrick's College at Campbelltown, in Sydney's south-west, for negligence in 2011, telling the court she had been called demeaning names by students and was physically attacked in the corridors.

But the school launched an appeal earlier this year, claiming she should not receive compensation because she repeatedly failed to inform the school about what was happening.

Ms Oyston, in turn, launched her own appeal, claiming that the $150,000 she was awarded was inadequate given her ongoing psychiatric injuries, which have affected her ability to work and to have meaningful social relationships.

Justice Murray Tobias ruled in Ms Oyston's favour in the Supreme Court yesterday, declaring that her damages payout should be increased and the 'cross appeal' from the school dismissed.

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