'Pellet gun' teacher Richard West resigns from school

Richard West Richard West was sacked from his job as head of physics in January

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A teacher who accidentally shot a pupil with a pellet gun has resigned, three months after a campaign by pupils got him reinstated.

Richard West, head of physics at St Peter's Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, shot the student during a science experiment in January.

After he was sacked, thousands of students backed the campaign and he was given his job back in April.

The school confirmed he had resigned and would leave at the end of term.

Mr West, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, accidentally shot the student in the leg with an airgun pellet, which ricocheted off a table during a classroom demonstration.

He was dismissed in January following a disciplinary hearing.

He was reinstated three months later after thousands of people wrote messages of support on a Facebook page titled Bring Back Westy 2014.

A statement posted by the page administrators said they believed he had resigned "due to to the way the school has treated him since his return".

A spokeswoman for the school said she could not comment on the reasons, but that Mr West's resignation "was entirely his own decision".

Mr West has so far been unavailable for comment.

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