Schoolgirl left locked in classroom for 25 minutes is awarded €20,000 in damages
An eight-year-old girl who suffered anxiety after she was accidentally locked in a classroom for 25 minutes has been awarded €20,000 damages.
Barrister Lorna Lynch told the Circuit Civil Court Kate Deegan was five years old on December 10, 2013, when the incident happened at Mourne Road National School, Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin.
She said Kate was leaving the classroom for a break when she was asked by her teacher to leave a book. The court heard that after she had done so, Kate tried to leave the room and realised the door was locked.
The windows were also locked and the lights switched off. Kate had remained in the room for 25 minutes.
Ms Lynch said Kate missed several days of school and developed an adjustment disorder. Through her mother Andrea Deegan, of Devoy Road, Inchicore, Dublin, Kate sued the trustees and board of management for negligence.
Ms Lynch said the defendant had made a €20,000 settlement offer and she was recommending its acceptance to the court.
Judge Groarke approved it.