A teenage schoolgirl in Cross River state has been prevented from shooting her teacher who berated her for carrying tainted hair.

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The incident occurred at Government Secondary School, Ikot Ewa, in Akpabuyo local government area of the state.

The teenager was said to have gone to the school with tainted hair but on getting there, her teacher had sent her back to shave the hair.

Rankled by the teacher’s action, the teenager was said to have gotten a pistol and was about to shoot her teacher when she was disarmed by those around her.

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Emmanuel Offiong-Bassey, the council chairman, expressed shock over the incident while addressing journalists on Thursday.

He also wondered how the girl had gotten the gun.

“How she got the gun, I do not know. The information I have, which may not be very accurate, is that when she wanted to bring out the gun to shoot at her target, another teacher who was behind her quickly stopped her. I learnt she is still in the custody of the army,” Offiong-Bassey was quoted to have said.

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The council chairman also said that the incident was another reminder that parents should be more concerned about their children’s activities, particularly the kind of company they keep.

Also speaking on the incident, Igiri Ewa, the state police command’s public relations officer, said more details would be made available to the public in due course.

Ewa, however, said the suspect had not been handed over to the police.

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