Pupils hurt in airgun shooting at Sussex primary school

Storrington Primary School. Photo: Google SUS-190329-104016001
Storrington Primary School. Photo: Google SUS-190329-104016001

Three children were hurt at a Sussex primary school yesterday when a pupil shot them with a ‘BB’ gun.

The incident - in which the pupils were hit with plastic pellets - happened at Storrington Primary School.

Headteacher Marion Smith said the school was treating the incident ‘incredibly seriously’ and that letters about what happened had gone out to all parents.

“Thankfully,” she said, “None of the children were badly hurt.”

She said all ‘relevant authorities’ had been informed about the incident. And, she said, she was now discussing with school leadership teams what action could be taken.

Meanwhile, many parents have contacted this newspaper to tell of their shock at the incident. One worried father of two children at the school said: “It’s absolutely outrageous. You wouldn’t believe that a child could think to take a BB gun into school.

“You can’t believe that something like this could happen.”

In a statement issued today school head Marion Smith said: “We had an incident in school on Thursday when a child discharged a BB gun and the plastic pellets hit three children.

“Thankfully none of the children were badly hurt however we are treating this as a very serious incident and have followed the matter up with the relevant authorities.

“The safety of our pupils and staff is of paramount importance to us.”

She said she was not able to discuss the incident further at the moment. “We have kept parents informed whilst I, together with our chair of governors and the wider SLT (school leadership teams) review the incident and assess whether there are steps we can put in place to ensure this does not happen again.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We are aware of an incident at Storrington Primary School involving a child discharging a BB gun. As the safety of children is of paramount importance, this is being treated as a very serious incident.

“The school acted quickly to alert the appropriate authorities and the head teacher has written to all parents to inform them of this incident and the action being taken.”