The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association now intends contacting all of its 8,500 members across Scotland to warn them not to intervene in playground fights. The union believes that the council's decision will have huge consequences for discipline in schools across the city, where teachers are already under intense pressure as a result of declining morale and respect for their authority.
The teacher concerned has so far refused to comment on the issue due to the terms of her employment, but a family friend said she had been through "a difficult ordeal".
Ann Ballinger, general secretary of the union, said:
"Our original advice was for [the teacher was] to go through the normal procedure with the council. We were stunned when the response was to say it was not the council's responsibility. They said they hadn't been negligent. Our member never claimed the council had been negligent, we never said that."
A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council responded:
"All claims are judged on their individual merits. Advice is given to staff to consider their own safety and not put themselves at risk or any danger in a particular situation."
A Scottish Conservatives' schools spokeswoman commented:
"It will give no comfort to teachers and head teachers who, quite rightly, believe it is their professional duty to act firmly and fairly when it comes to addressing indiscipline. Parents will be alarmed by the fact that teachers might feel reluctant to intervene when a fight breaks out. We need radical measures to improve discipline in our schools, not pander to those who seek to cause trouble."