Teacher accidentally shoots student during classroom experimentBy Mason White 11:10 AM February 3, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A teacher has been fired after he shot a student in the leg during an experiment.
Science teacher Richard West of the United Kingdom, accidentally shot his 17-year-old student in the leg with a pellet gun.
West had set up the weapon to demonstrate how a bullet would decelerate when fired through cardboard.
However, the gun discharged and the pellet hit Ben Barlow, a student at the St. Peter’s Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
While many parents criticized the former teacher’s lack of responsibility by bringing a pellet gun to school, Barlow, who was hit with the gun, is calling for his favorite teacher to be reinstated.
The student said he barely had a scratch after the incident.
“It was a complete accident, and West was really worried and concerned. You’d do more damage with a safety pin,” Barlow said.
The victim has also started a Facebook campaign to get signatures of support, which will hopefully bring his teacher back to school.