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Bad Apple school principals and departmental officers bully classroom teachers into ill health and out of work.

James Jackaman worked as a teacher, deputy principal and assistant principal in South Austraalia.

James Jackaman, 52, had worked as a teacher for 31 years.

He had held deputy principal and assistant principal positions at numerous schools.

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

 

2006 : Mr Jackaman studied neuroscience.

In 2006, James Jackaman completed a Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience - a course pioneered by then Thinker-in-Residence Baroness Susan Greenfield.

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

 

2007 : Mr Jackaman suffers from heart palpitations, sleep disturbance and anxiety from "workplace bullying" in a "toxic atmosphere".

James Jackaman's meditation classes for Nuriootpa High School students were featured in The Advertiser.

Mr Jackaman's meditation classes were praised by The Teachers Registration Board as "leading by example".

But his successes were marred by heart palpitations, sleep disturbance and anxiety from "workplace bullying" in a "toxic atmosphere".

A psychologist deemed Mr Jackaman unfit for classroom work in late 2007.

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

 

2008

Mr Jackaman took an office job at the education department's head office.

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

 

2009 : James Jackaman was posted to Birdwood High School.

In 2009 Mr Jackaman was posted to Birdwood High School.

One day in February 2009 Mr Jackaman left the Birdwood High School staff room and walked towards a classroom where he was to conduct the Year 9 home group.

As he introduced himself to the class and began reading the roll, he went white, froze and dropped to the floor.

He had a fatal heart attack.

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

 

19 October 2014 : the South Australian Education and Children's Services Department is ordered to compensate James Jackman's family.

The Workers Compensation Tribunal has ordered the Education and Children's Services Department to compensate Mr Jackaman's family.

In a landmark legal decision, Deputy President Judge Brian Gilchrist ruled Mr Jackaman's employment with the Education and Children's Services Department "more likely than not" led to his death.

Judge Gilchrist said the link between Mr Jackaman taking over a new class while "experiencing acute anxiety" and his death was "so dramatic" that it "irresistibly" suggested a connection.

Judge Gilchrist said that Mr Jackaman was plainly a principled and sensitive man (with) an established history of anxiety and depression.

"He was clearly apprehensive about his work situation ... it was getting to the stage where he would sooner quit than work in a school.

"A scientist might say ... there is no scientific proof that there is a relationship between the two, but that is not the standard by which legal causation is determined.

"(in law, it) is a question of fact that has to be resolved as a matter of common sense."

 

Judge Gilchrist adjourned the case for submissions on the amount to which Mr Jackaman's family is entitled.

The Advertiser understands the department intends to appeal against the decision.

 

 

SA tribunal orders Education Department compensate family of teacher James Jackaman, who suffered fatal heart attack in class, Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster, The Advertiser, 19 October 2014

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