A family was ordered to pay £225 after their special needs boy broke his teacher’s designer necklace.
Eight-year-old Zak Marquand, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, snapped Jo Woodland’s silver Tiffany & Co necklace by accident when he “lashed out”.
But Aylands special school in Enfield refused to accept a £12 repair, telling Zak’s parents, Michael and Sheila, that only a £225 replacement would do. It means that the Marquands will struggle to provide Christmas presents for their three boys.
The school’s head, Sashi Sivaloganathan, is said to have told Zak’s parents that it was a teacher’s “human right” to wear whatever they chose to school, no matter how impractical.
The necklace, a sterling silver chain with a “double heart pendant” hanging from it, was a 40th birthday present to Ms Woodland from Ms Sivaloganathan and another member of staff.