Suffolk: Police Investigate Gun Threat At School

14 March 2013, 13:13

Police are investigating reports a member of staff at a specialist education centre in Suffolk waved a gun at a pupil's head.

The male member of staff is said to have been joking with the pupil in a common room at the centre in Bury St Edmunds, which is not being identified for legal reasons, before making threats.

It is claimed he then left the building before returning with an antique weapon. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Suffolk County Council said police were investigating the alleged incident at the unit for children with educational and emotional difficulties on March 4.

Suffolk Police told Heart: Police were contacted by a member of staff at Suffolk County Council on Friday 8th March, who had received information from students at an Education Centre in Bury St Edmunds that a teacher had brought a gun into a class.

The same day, officers were dispatched to speak to the students concerned, who confirmed that an antique gun had been shown to students by their teacher.

The teacher was visited by officers who searched his home address for any unlawful firearms and questioned him in relation to the alleged offence.  A de-commissioned, antique firearm was voluntarily surrendered to firearms officers for further inspection and words of advice were given to the teacher.

Officers are in liaison with the school and the Education Authority and an investigation is ongoing.

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