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Wolverhampton pupils back sacked 'pellet gun' teacher

4 February 2014 Last updated at 18:39 GMT

A campaign to reinstate a teacher, who was sacked after he accidentally shot a pupil with a pellet gun during a science lesson, has been launched.

Richard West was dismissed from St Peter's Collegiate School in Wolverhampton last week after a disciplinary hearing.

Present and former pupils - including the boy who was shot - have called for Mr West to be given his job back.

The school confirmed the dismissal but declined to comment further.

BBC Midlands Today's Joanne Writtle reported from the school, speaking to the programme's Elizabeth Glinka.