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Mum's fury as boy with 'gun' expelled; FAMILY: Market trader under fire for selling child replica weapon.

Byline: By Edward Chadwick

AN eight-year-old boy has been permanently expelled from his primary school after showing off a replica handgun to classmates.

Tyler Adams' brother, Bradley, aged 11, bought the realistic looking pounds 10 handgun from a market stall, despite being dressed in school uniform.

The boys' furious mother, of Chelmsley Wood, today called for a change in the law which allows children of any age to buy pellet guns without checks or ID.

"My son's whole education has been tarnished because of greedy shopkeepers trying to make money by selling weapons to kids," said 33-year-old mother of five Wendy Adams.

"He's never had any problems at school before but now this will be on his record forever.

"I don't blame the school because they've got to send out a message but kids shouldn't be allowed to buy things like this.

"I've seen the gun and it was terrifying, just like a real gun. I can't believe how easy it is for kids to get hold of them."

The gun was discovered when Year 4 pupil Tyler showed it to two classmates at Mapledene Primary School, in Sheldon, last Friday.

One of the boys told a teacher.

He was initially suspended for five days but Miss Adams was given a letter by the head teacher yesterday when she went to pick up her daughter from the same school telling her that governors had decided Tyler would be excluded.

Miss Adams said she had been to complain to the market stallholder at Chelmsley Wood Market.

"I asked the stallholder why had sold the gun to a young boy in school uniform and he just shrugged his shoulders. I think the law needs to be changed," she said.

Laws state that if the gun fires pellets under a certain velocity, they can be classed as a toy and sold without restrictions.

Miss Adams has asked Solihull Trading Standards to investigate but said that she was told by West Midlands Police that it would not be treated as a police matter. No-one at Mapledene Primary School was available for comment.



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Date:Oct 17, 2008
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