School hanging horror
STUDENTS screamed in horror as they watched a classmate hang from a roof with a rope noose around his neck on Monday.
Sources yesterday told The Queensland Times the Laidley State High School student turned blue after he slipped from a desk during a bizarre classroom exercise.
The boy's teacher, who was not in the classroom at the time, raced back into the room after hearing the cries of his students.
The teacher held the gasping student in his arms while a colleague cut the rope noose with a knife.
The traumatised class of 60 then watched as paramedics treated the teenager.
The class went into lockdown as counsellors were called in.
A concerned parent, who did not want to be named, said her 14-year-old daughter witnessed the incident through a window.
"She heard her girlfriend scream and then looked up and saw what happened," she said.
"She was so upset when she came home that at first she couldn't tell me what had happened.
"The teacher will have to live with what has happened for the rest of his life. He is just lucky the student isn't more seriously hurt - it could have been much worse."
Queensland's Acting Deputy Director-General of Education Lyn McKenzie said students had been photographing a mock-up crime scene as part of an English lesson.
The year nine student, who had a rope around his neck, fell from a table and injured his neck.
He was yesterday recovering at home with his family.
It is believed the family has reported the incident to police.
The teacher has worked at the school for two years and has not been suspended.
Another parent, who did not want to be named, said the teacher should be fired.
"No responsible teacher would have let that happen and I don't think the school should even take the risk of something like this ever happening again," she said.
Ms McKenzie said Education Queensland was investigating the "extremely serious" incident.
"The Department has also called in Workplace Health and Safety officers to conduct a separate investigation," she said.
"Officers from the Department's Ethical Standards Unit will provide a full report and recommendations to me."