A school in South Australia has been ordered to pay $50,000 to a student after he was left with a serious spinal injury after falling while playing basketball.
The student was injured while playing against a school team from Northbridge on May 25, 2013.
He was treated at Sandringhills Regional Hospital and released.
But a month later, he went back to the hospital with a similar injury.
This was after a group of boys had been playing basketball when they fell from a balcony and landed on top of him, police said.
A video captured the moment the victim fell from the balcony and rolled to the ground.
“We have had a complaint that a player from the football team fell on a boy,” Sandringah police Sergeant Chris Brown said.
“He sustained a spinal injury and subsequently was transferred to hospital.”
He went on to have surgery, which left him with a fractured spinal cord.
Mr Brown said the boy’s mother and a teacher at the school were not charged.
Sandringham District Health Board chairwoman, Sue Fenton, said the district had been informed about the incident and the district would be looking into the matter.
She said the case was a “serious incident” and was not being treated as a suicide.
Ms Fenton said the school was aware of the seriousness of the injury and had put all of its students on the waiting list for spinal surgery.
It had been decided that it would be appropriate to seek a custodial sentence from the court.
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