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Boys expelled from Birmingham school over BB gun

Heartlands Academy
The academy said it took the issue of school discipline "extremely seriously"

Three boys, aged 12 and 13, have been expelled from school after they were caught on CCTV playing with a BB gun.

The airgun, which fires plastic pellets, was taken into Heartlands Academy in Birmingham last month.

A petition was started to try to get the boys reinstated. One boy's father, Ibrahim Abdillahi, said he "deeply regrets" a gun was taken to school.

The academy said it took discipline "extremely seriously", as well as the safety of students and staff.

Mr Abdillahi said he accepted his son should be punished by the school, but did not feel the child should be excluded.

He said he believed there were two airguns in the playground.

Mr Abdillahi added: "They didn't make any problem. They didn't shoot anyone or they didn't even try to shoot anyone."

In a statement, the academy said: "We take the issue of school discipline extremely seriously as well as the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss the details of this particular case given that an appeal may be forthcoming and we would not wish to prejudice that process."

It said any appeal must be lodged by 1 April and an appeal would be heard within 15 days of the start of the new term.

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