Jersey minister orders starter pistol removal from schools

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Starter pistols are being withdrawn from Jersey's schools after a pupil was shot in the face by a teacher, the education minister confirms.

Deputy Patrick Ryan said an investigation was continuing after the incident at Le Rocquier school.

Joel Kevin Ellis Hayward, 27, was fined £1,000 by magistrates on 30 August for firing the pistol, in June.

An education spokesman said the teacher was suspended following the outcome of the internal investigation.

The injured pupil is understood to have made a full recovery.

The minister was responding to a question by St Helier politician Deputy Trevor Pitman who asked whether there was a policy in place.

Deputy Ryan said: "There is a policy in place. The guns have to be kept locked away in a store location and only a limited number of staff have access to it.

"Whether or not the school adhered to this policy will obviously be part of an investigation."

He went on to say that all starting pistols would be withdrawn as it was "not that important" that schools have access to starting pistols for sporting purposes.

"There are other things that can be used to start races and they do not need pistols for that reason," he said.

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