Airgun fears at village school

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TEACHERS kept their pupils inside a South Yorkshire village primary school after pellet gun shots were fired in a neighbouring garden.

Parents of youngsters at Treeton C of E School, arrived to collect their children after lessons on Tuesday and spotted someone in a garden close to the Bradshaw Avenue entrance firing an airgun.

The school was informed and children were kept in their classrooms as a precaution until police arrived and dealt with the 17-year-old gunman.

Three police cars were sent to the school and a patrol car was parked outside the following morning and afternoon.

Parents received a text message from headteacher Deborah Ball, which read: “There has been an incident involving a young man using his pellet gun close to school.

“Police are dealing with the person involved.”

One dad said: “The first I was aware of this was when I received a text from school to say there was an issue with an airgun. I was concerned and rang my wife straightaway to make sure everybody was okay.

A South Yorkshire Police woman confirmed officers had attended after reports of shots being fired at the school and an air weapon was recovered but had not been fired.

A Rotherham Council spokeswoman said the authority was aware of the incident.

She added: “The person involved has no connection with the school and the 270 children were only kept inside as a precautionary measure. No risk was posed to the children.”