Boy shot with air gun at Gosforth Junior High Academy

Two boys are being excluded from Gosforth Junior High Academy after a fellow pupil was shot with an air gun

David Sheppard, headteacher at Gosforth Junior High Academy
David Sheppard, headteacher at Gosforth Junior High Academy

Two boys are being excluded from their school after a fellow pupil was shot with an air gun.

The youngster suffered minor injuries in the attack, which happened at the Gosforth Junior High Academy, in Newcastle, two weeks ago. Police were not called and, as yet, school governors have not been informed.

The boys involved, who are both 13, are currently suspended.

And headteacher David Sheppard said he was now taking steps to have them permanently excluded.

He said: “It’s correct there was an incident with a BB gun involving a couple of children.

“They are excluded and being dealt with at the moment.

“Anyone who comes to Gosforth Junior High Academy and brings a weapon will be dealt with in a way that reflects the seriousness of the incident.”

The weapon was brought into the school in Jubilee Road and a boy was injured with a BB pellet.

Mr Sheppard said the youngster was not seriously hurt, and received first aid at the school.

But school governors confirmed they had no knowledge of the incident, despite meeting last week.

Chair of governors George Snaith said: “We are not aware of the incident, but no doubt the head will inform the appropriate governors in due course.”

BB guns are a type of air gun designed to shoot ball bearings or plastic pellets. It is not illegal to own one, however, like all air weapons, they are regulated.

Only those aged 18 and over can buy and possess a BB gun, and they must be a member of a ‘a soft-air club’.

This type of gun could however be considered to be an imitation firearm, and therefore illegal to carry in public.

Gosforth Junior High was formerly the failing Gosforth West Middle, which was placed into ‘special measures’ by watchdog Ofsted in 2005.

The following September, Gosforth High took over the administration duties of the school, and in 2011 both became independent academies.

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