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Cwmavon teen took BB gun to school to use as prop in drama class

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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THE mother of a 14-year-old boy who took his new BB gun to school to use as a prop in his drama class has asked for the weapon to be returned.

Staff at Dyffryn Comprehensive School confiscated the bright orange weapon when 14-year-old Corey Sanders and his friends were caught playing with it on school fields during break time on Tuesday.

But mum Leanne Walsh said Corey, who had the gun bought for him as a birthday present last week, had taken it to school to use as a prop for the drama class and their upcoming performance of the Blues Brothers and wants it back.

The gun has been handed over to South Wales Police.

Ms Walsh, from Cwmavon, said: "Last Thursday Corey was meant to have drama but he missed the lesson as he had turned up for school wearing trainers.

"The school does not allow children to wear trainers but he had to as his school shoes were full of holes. I sent him with a note explaining this.


"So he wasn't in the drama lesson but one of his friends told him they had been told to bring props in.

"The school didn't ring me, the first I heard was when he came home crying his eyes out.

"I didn't know he had taken it, if I had I would have told him not too.

"It was taken off him on the field, I think boys being boys, he was showing off to his friends. I would like it back, as it was his birthday present.

"It is bright orange, you couldn't mistake it for a real gun. It cost £18.99. I just think it is really unfair."

A spokesman for Neath Port Talbot Council said: "The safety of our pupils and staff comes first.

"We take incidents such as this extremely seriously.

"The head teacher followed the correct procedure and contacted the police who are now dealing with the matter."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We have now taken possession of the weapon."

The spokesman was unable to say what would happen to the gun.

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  • micky_mouse  |  December 14 2012, 6:03PM

    really!?! I had a BB gun as a kid, im now in my 30`s, I also had a potato gun, don`t you lot tell me that you did NOT have such things when you were children!?! I would NOT personally buy one for my own children, but in the grand scheme of things it could be worse!!! now he could of taken drugs into school, then id expect all these comments, but judging a teenage boy for doing something daft, remember what you were all like as children!!!! you all probably ran your parents ragged!! there are proper crimes out there murders etc........ the school done the correct thing, as it could of been a real gun,

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  • LordHafod  |  December 07 2012, 12:36AM

    Jeremy Kyle here we come, loony kid on loose in playground with gun....just imagine it, bet he hasn't got a pencil case, pens, but ok to take his gun. Fear for the future of this country, with parents like this...irresponsible. School and Police did right thing, yet again if mam was so proud to purchase props for school play, if he is in the nativity play, please don't buy him a donkey.

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  • Jiffy  |  December 06 2012, 7:05PM

    The stupid boy got off lightly. Armed police are frequently sent to deal with idiots seen playing with air guns in public places. His not very bright mother needs to learn that the school can't be expected to decide if the stupid boy was breaking the law, that's the job of the police. She should have popped down the nick and sorted it out, instead of turning her son into a laughing stock for the sake of getting her 15 minutes of fame.

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  • Eric_Pode  |  December 06 2012, 3:49PM

    The Blues Brothers. Have all of the 14 year olds seen the 15 Cert film? The mother should take up the matter with the police. Maybe the school could contact Social Services about the lad's footwear and, seemingly, a lack of priorities at home.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 06 2012, 2:25PM

    Willy, as a member of a proper rifle club, I can confirm that we regularly have members aged 14, our current youngest is 11. When taught to treat firearms with respect and discipline then there is no reason for any child (or adult for that matter) to go down any slippery slope. It is perfectly legal and safe to shoot a BB/air gun in your own garden provided you use sensible backing (a garage wall or garden shed is ideal) in order to prevent stray shots. It is also an activity done by thousands in the country every week with far less safety issues than many other activities. One of our recent Olympians (Jen MacIntosh) started her shooting life in this manner, as did many of the top shooters in the country. And before you claim these are the exceptions, they really aren't, they are the majority. Also nowhere did I say the school had no right to confiscate it, of course they have the right to confiscate anything they consider might be a danger. However they do not have a right to hand it over to the police like they did.

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  • willy88  |  December 06 2012, 2:00PM

    hacker jack, Who in their right mind buys a 14 year old any sort of firearm, when that happens the kid's on the slippery path downwards to a criminal record. What did he plan to do with it, shoot at birds. Don't tell me he planned to shoot at a target in his own garden, if so what about the safety of the neighbours ? Ammunition or not, what is the purpose of this kid having such a firearm ????? The school had every right to confiscate the firearm as the headmaster takes over as his carer in the absence of his parents.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 06 2012, 12:28PM

    Willy, nowhere did it say his mother bought it.

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  • willy88  |  December 06 2012, 12:17PM

    His mother can buy him a stupid firearm but can't be bothered to buy him a pair of decent shoes ?? What's wrong in this world ?

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 06 2012, 12:14PM

    Perhaps i though it was ok after that soldier last week was released from jail whist having an illegal gun in his house. Mind u the soldier in question had over 300 rounds of ammunition in his home as well. BTW he was described as a hero as well. I imagine he wouldn't have been so much of a hero if any of his little girls had shot themselves.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 06 2012, 12:01PM

    Did he also have ammunition for it? If so then confiscation by the school was fine, if not then it was no harm to anyone. Either way the school had no right to turn it over to police without first talking to the parents and the Police should likewise have not taken possession of it in such circumstances.

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