Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: The Daily Mail reports that physics teacher Richard West has been fired after accidentally shooting a 17-year-old pupil in the leg with a pellet gun during a classroom experiment meant to demonstrate how a bullet would decelerate when fired through cardboard. West, whose success in promoting science education has previously been recognized in the national press, says the airgun discharged accidentally and the pellet ricocheted off a table hitting schoolboy Ben Barlow. One furious parent, whose son goes to the school, called West irresponsible for bringing the weapon into the school. 'I can't believe a teacher thought it was appropriate to take a gun into a school, I don't know what he could have been thinking,' said the father. However Barlow says he barely had a scratch after the incident and has written to school governors describing the teacher's firing as a complete disgrace and praising West's teaching methods while dozens of pupils past and present left comments on a Facebook page, called Bring Back Westy 2014, calling him a "true inspiration", the "best teacher ever" and "the king of St Peter's". "The reason he's such a good teacher is because he is unconventional — and he makes everything so interesting and fun," says Barlow. "Mr West is one of our best teachers and I chose to do physics because of him."