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Pellet gun teacher Richard West sacking: Head of physics reinstated

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

A teacher who was sacked for accidentally shooting a pupil with a pellet gun has been reinstated after an appeal.

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

Thousands of people supported a campaign to reinstate him, including the boy who was shot.

Mr West will return to work on 28 April, Wolverhampton City Council said.

He was dismissed in January following a disciplinary hearing.

It is believed the accident occurred during a classroom demonstration when a pellet ricocheted off a table.

The pellet hit a student in the leg, but he was uninjured.

In a statement, the school's governing body said Mr West, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, had been reinstated "with immediate effect".

"In being reinstated Mr West has given assurances that lessons have been learned, he will ensure complete compliance with all safety procedures and controlled conditions and ensure the correct reporting procedures are followed," it said.

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