Anger after pupil suspended over gun pictures
Published: 13 Oct 2008 13:3033 comments
Police officers questioned the 17-year-old Slough Grammar School student after headteacher Margaret Lenton saw a photo of the bearded-pupil posing with a paintballing gun in overalls with the full headgear. The image, which is on the internet, is believed to have been taken when the youngster went paintballing with a group of friends.
Police officers confirmed they met the boy and his family and were happy that no offences were committed.
A police statement added: "The student was found to be in possession of some pictures that were brought to the attention of the headteacher. To help address and prevent further concerns, officers arranged to meet with the student and his family. Officers were reassured that this is not a police matter. The family members were left happy with the police's response. This is now a matter for the school."
However, the suspension has caused anger among fellow pupils at the Lascelles Road school who campaigned against the suspension.
More than 100 youngsters, including pupils, have signed up to the campaign group on social networking site Facebook, as an informal petition against what they describe as "the disgraceful and just generally stupid suspension."
A pupil, who does not want to be named, said: "We all think the suspension was a bit of an over-reaction. He's a really hard-working student who has been at the school for years. Obviously nobody agrees with carrying a real gun but the photo was just of him holding a paintballing gun when he went out paintballing with his mates as most teenagers do. And that is not illegal."
The youngster was due to have a meeting with the school last week and is understood to have been reinstated.
Mrs Lenton said her decision was supported by school governors but declined to comment further.
*Please feel free to add your comments to the bottom of this story. Please note though that anything containing swearing or comments which could be seen as libellous or otherwise breaking our terms and conditions will be removed. Thanks.