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Friday 15 December 2017

Girl shot in face with pellet gun near school

Gardai are investigating an incident where a student was shot in the face with a pellet gun outside a school.

A teenage boy has already been interviewed in relation to the incident that happened close to St Joseph's Secondary School in Tulla, Co Clare, on Friday.

Gardai said the incident could have been "far more serious as the pellet hit the girl close to her eye". The injured pupil did not require hospitalisation but visited a local doctor.

It's understood that a car with three teenagers was driving past the school, after hours on Friday, and that a pellet gun was produced.

The firearm was pointed in the direction of a small group of students and that it was "discharged", it's believed.

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A garda spokesman said: "Gardai were notified of the incident which happened after school hours.

"We have interviewed the alleged offender, a juvenile, in the presence of his parents and that matter will be dealt with by our Juvenile Liaison Officer."

One local parent said: "There doesn't appear to be a lot known. I do know that three lads in a car had a pellet gun and that it was fired into a group of girls."

Gardai said that they are continuing to investigate and have warned of the dangers of pellet guns.

"This could have been far more serious but thankfully it wasn't," he said.

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