A Campbelltown school student who suffered serious mental health problems after years of bullying by the "popular group" has had her damages payout increased despite efforts by the school to have the matter thrown out of court.
Jazmine Oyston successfully sued St Patrick's College for negligence in 2011 after telling the court she had been called "slut", "bitch", "dog" and "pimple face" by students and was physically attacked in the corridors.
But the school launched an appeal earlier this year, claiming she should not receive compensation because she repeatedly failed to inform the school about what was happening.
Ms Oyston, in turn, launched her own appeal, claiming that the $150,000 she was awarded was inadequate given her ongoing psychiatric injuries, which have affected her ability to work and to have meaningful social relationships.
Justice Murray Tobias ruled in Ms Oyston's favour in the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring that her damages payout should be increased and the "cross appeal" from the school dismissed.
Ms Oyston claimed the bullying at St Patrick's College took place over three years between 2002 and 2005.
She told a Supreme Court hearing in 2011 that girls would "walk past me and they'd get their elbows and push into me".
At a swimming carnival, she said she was teased for wearing a one-piece swimsuit instead of a bikini and at an athletics carnival she said she was mocked for wearing the house colours.
Ms Oyston later made a number of self harm and suicide attempts.
She was given counselling from year 7, but neither she nor her parents mentioned bullying until years later.
In subsequent counselling sessions, Ms Oyston reported that she was "10 out of 10 on the happy meter", the school claimed in its appeal.
Ms Oyston, now aged 22, claimed that she was so badly bullied in years 8 and 9, she suffered a number of serious panic attacks, one of which required her to be hospitalised.
But the school produced records from the young woman's psychiatric consultations at Campbelltown Hospital, in which she complained that she was feeling "isolated" in the classroom because her friends were in other classes, but made no specific mention of bullying.
Justice Tobias ruled that an increase in Ms Oyston's damages payout should be worked out by both parties.
He also ordered the school to pay Ms Oyston's legal costs from the bitter two-year long dispute.
"Hopefully this is the end of it," he said.
smh.com.au, with Paul Bibby
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