Dales pupil ‘shot teacher with air rifle’

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A POLICE investigation has been launched into claims that a teacher was shot in the back by a pupil at a school in the Yorkshire Dales.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the inquiry is under way into the incident, which is alleged to have happened as pupils were leaving at the end of the day.

It is understood that the female teacher who was involved was not badly hurt by the air rifle shot and that the pupil who fired it has been identified. However, a witness claimed that there are concerns that the incident is being “brushed under the carpet” by staff at the Wensleydale School in Leyburn, a science specialist school for 11 to 18-year-olds opened in 1959.

He said: “The teacher was walking out of the school when the lad shot her with an air rifle.

“It hit her in the back but it nearly hit a six-year-old girl standing next to her.

“The police are involved, but nothing seems to be happening and it feels like everything is being brushed under the carpet by the school. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before at the school.”

The Wensleydale School caters for about 500 children and draws most of its pupils from the deeply rural areas of Richmondshire.

No-one at the school has commented about the incident, which happened on Friday, March 4.

But a brief statement has been released on behalf of the school by North Yorkshire County Council, which is the local education authority.

A county council spokeswoman said: “There was an incident at The Wensleydale School last Friday.

“Because the police are involved and there is also an on going internal disciplinary process with the student, there is nothing more that we can say at this stage.”

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that a complaint had been made about the incident, but a spokesman said no further comment could be made while officers carry out inquiries.

pauljeeves@ypn.co.uk