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Abstract

It is well known that things can get seriously ugly on a school campus, and that school authorities can be held liable in damages to school students who are injured as a result of a failure on the part of the school, and/or its staff, to take reasonable care for their safety. But did you know that, in Queensland at least, individual staff members could be guilty of a criminal offence if they failed to take good care of students under their supervision? No, well neither did many of the High School students who took up their pens and laptops, and briefly put down their ipods, to research and then moot on two specific hypothetical scenarios, dredged up from the bowels of my diseased imagination, designed to bring out this very point. In each scenario a school teacher was facing the very real prospect of a jail term as a result of what could be most charitably described as a momentary lapse of attention to an assigned supervision task.

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