Teenage boy ‘took shotgun to school after being bullied for being fat’

The Telegraph reports that a 15-year-old boy arrested for taking shotgun and ammunition into school did it because he was being bullied for being too fat, fellow pupils said.

Armed police swooped on Higham Lane School in Nuneaton, Warks, after receiving a call from the teenager at 9.15am on Tuesday. 

The pupil was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm. Classmates later suggested he was being bullied for being overweight.

Superintendent David Gardner, of Warwickshire Police, said: “We responded promptly and the boy was quickly isolated and the incident contained to ensure there was no risk to pupils and staff.”

The school, which caters for 1,200 pupils aged 11-18, remained open and parents were sent texts informing them about the incident.

Mum Louise Johnson said: “I am absolutely dumbfounded, I cannot believe how it got into the school. “It was only a few weeks ago I was talking to my kids about terrorist incidents and explaining. I know that my son was going to see these police officers and think ‘I am going to die’.

The school was praised last year after Ofsted ranked the school as being among the best in the country. Higham Lane ranked first out of 55 schools with a very similar intake of students across the whole of England.

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Bullying again pushes a child over the edge. What has to be done before it gets to this? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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