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Boys recovering from fox bites outside Covington school

4:02 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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  • A trap set for the fox (Julie Wolfe, 11Alive News)
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COVINGTON, Ga. -- Two children were bitten by a grey fox at Rocky Plains Elementary School in Covington.

The fox came onto the playground of the school at around 11:45 a.m. and bit two students at play, said Newton County Animal Control Director Teri Kay-Hooson.

The fox bites punctured the skin of both students.

Brian Stephen, who teaches 4th grade at Rocky Plains, told 11Alive that when the fox appeared on the playground, he started darting around the children who were at recess.

The teacher who was out with the kids called the kids to get back, but the fox had singled out one of the 6-year-old students and bit him, Stephen said.

A paraprofessional kicked the animal off the child, but the fox then bit a second student, also a 6-year-old boy. The parapro kicked the fox off that student, too. It was after the second bite when the fox ran off back into the woods.

The school nurse treated them at the school. The parents of the two boys were notified, and they took them to the Newton County Medical Center to be treated for the bite wounds.

Officials were unable to find the fox, but have set up traps around the area, attempting to capture the animal, Kay-Hooson said.

Rocky Plains Elementary School has cancelled all athletic activities for Wednesday afternoon, just two days before school lets out for summer on Friday. There will also be no recess held for the remaining school days.

Other than injuries from the bites, both children appeared to be okay, just shaken up, Stephen said.

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