11 January 2013, 02:00

Californian teacher talks student out of high school shooting

Californian teacher talks student out of high school shooting

A teacher at a high school in California has been praised by police for averting a serious shooting incident.

The teacher and a campus supervisor talked a gunman into putting down his weapon after he had shot and injured one pupil at Taft Union High School.

Police said the gunman had enough ammunition to kill many people.

The injured student was taken to hospital in an air ambulance and is in a critical condition.

The drama started after 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) when the gunman, also a student, arrived late, armed with a shotgun, at the school in the small town in California's central valley.

Students and staff telephoned police, but before officers could arrive, the suspect had shot at two people in a class in the science block. One shot missed its target.

The teacher, who had been grazed by a pellet, then intervened. He is reported by US media to have warned the suspect that there would be no shooting in his class, at which point the gunman put down his weapon and police officers arrested him.

At least two people shot at California high school - reports

At least two people have been shot at a high school in Taft, California. The shooter has been taken into custody.

A student was shot and wounded at a rural San Joaquin Valley high school and another student was taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting occurred around 9am local time. Students were evacuated to the football field.

Students hid in closets and phoned local media, according to ABC 23.

Officials from the Kern County Sheriff's Department went room-by-room to secure the school.

The Sheriff's office has confirmed that at least two people have been wounded.

KERO-TV Bakersfield reported that the station received phone calls from people inside the school who hid in closets.

According to reports, the first person shot was airlifted to the hospital. The second person denied medical treatment.

Taft, which has a population of around 9,000 people, is located about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Voice of Russia, BBC, RT, AP

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