Anna Yerrakalva, a primary school teacher had claimed that a teaching assistant had an epileptic seizure in a classroom and had fallen on top of her, causing her some chest, neck and upper spine injuries.
While the school says that nothing of this sort had ever happened in the school, Stephen Poxton, head teacher of Dearne Carrfield Primary School in Bolton-on-Dearne has asserted that this was all made up.
On November 2003, the teaching assistant was said to have fallen on Anna Yerrakalva, following which she had been on an off for six years on full pay.
Stephen Poxton further said that though one of the assistants did have a seizure, but the story had been cooked up by the teacher. He said that she had exaggerated the whole story and had told about her injuries in the way they never existed.
This case is said to have cost her employers, Barnsley Council, as much as £280,000 in the teacher's wages and legal costs.
"Her claims caused a considerable amount of time, money and aggravation for the school and an irreparable breakdown of confidence. I could not trust this teacher with children”, said Mr. Poxton.