Two courageous teachers are being heralded as “heroic” in shielding young students from a British Bull Dog that viciously attacked three children on a primary school playground in Melbourne on Tuesday, June 17, the Herald Sun reports.
The three children were bitten at Ferny Creek Primary School, despite the efforts to protect them. Two boys were hospitalized. But the two male teachers’ selfless actions are attributed for protecting many others.
The dog entered the school yard in Melbourne during lunchtime, while more than 220 students were playing outside.
The two teachers were on playground-duty and rushed to the scene upon hearing the screams of the children. One was viciously bitten while he tried to pry the dog off an eight-year-old girl, the Daily Mail reports.
Two boys, aged seven and 10, suffered bite wounds to their legs and were taken to the hospital.
The eight-year-old girl was driven to the hospital by her parents.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the teachers saved a lot of kids — not only from being bitten but a lot of the trauma, Principal Coyle told the Herald Sun. “It clearly could have been a lot worse.”
The dog escaped through the school’s front fence but was captured later and impounded.
The injured male teacher was treated at the scene.
The school was locked down for the rest of lunchtime while paramedics, police and the council were called, according to the Daily Mail.
“We take dog attacks very seriously,” said Yarra Ranges Council spokeswoman Tracey Varley.
A council investigation will be launched into the attack.