The pupil who opened fire at his school in the south of France today is an "unstable" person, the French education minister said as she praised the head teacher for his "heroic" intervention.
"It was a crazy act by a youth who is unstable and fascinated by guns," Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said near the high school in the town of Grasse where the shooting occurred.
"The head teacher rushed towards (the student) to try to reason with him," Vallaud-Belkacem said, calling his response "heroic".
"We avoided the worst," she added.
The teacher was hospitalised with a gunshot wound and two pupils had buckshot injuries while five others were hurt in a stampede prompted by the attack.
The local prosecutor meanwhile confirmed that the shooting had "no link" to terrorism, saying it was apparently a result of the youth's "bad relationships" with his classmates.
The identity of the 17-year-old suspect has not been disclosed.
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