Twelve children at an Oklahoma elementary school were injured on Monday afternoon after a dog attacked them, FOX 25 reports.
According to Oklahoma City authorities, the dog managed to find its way to Fillmore Elementary School in southwest Oklahoma City, where 28 children were playing outside for recess. The dog, identified as a pit bull mix walked through an open gate and charged after the kids, a mix of 3rd and 4th grade students.
“Dog came on and started to attack some of the kids, and of course kids began to scream and panic, which excites the dog and scared the dog even more,” said Capt. David Macy of the Oklahoma City Fire Department explained. “His natural instinct was to keep biting and go after the kids.”
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Afterward, the dog attempted to get into the school building, but according to NewsOk, but special education teacher Lee Hughes stopped the pup by wrestling it to the ground. Hughes held the dog down until police arrive and took the pit bull mix into custody.
“He’s our hero,” school principal Susan Martin Rachels said of Hughes.
None of the children’s injuries were critical, according to officials. Police currently have the dog in custody.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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